“There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.” C.S. Lewis
I came across this quote last week and the truth of it resonated deeply in my heart.
The Bible teaches us that EVERYTHING is spiritual. Everything. There is no part of my life that God does not have an opinion on or want ownership of. And there is no part that Satan will not fight to have ownership of, as well.
I think about this a lot in my own life. My kids will often tease me, because I will point out how something I see on TV or social media or just observe in our day-to-day happenings has spiritual connotations, and they will say, “Ok, Pastor Jen!” (Insert sarcastic tone - teenagers are so precious, aren’t they?)
But I want my kids to know that I don’t see life as spiritual just because I’m a pastor. As a Christian, if I truly say that Jesus is the Lord of my life, then I am saying that He has the right to tell me what I can and cannot say, do, look at or want. Living that out, however, is not so easy.
It’s amazing how simple it is for us to compartmentalize our lives, isn’t it? We have our home lives, school lives, work lives, social lives – and then our spiritual lives. But each of those compartments is really part of a whole life that God wants us to submit to Him.
“So whether you eat, or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Do I really live all of my life for God’s glory? I go to church, I pray – but what about something as simple as what I eat and drink? Do I live for God even in the mundane things of everyday life?
I remember in one season, the Lord was dealing with me on how I spent money. I remember feeling like I had the right to go out to eat if I wanted or to go buy something for my house or a new item of clothing. It was my money, right? Couldn’t I do with it what I wanted?
I remember the Holy Spirit would literally convict me anytime I spent money. I felt this growing sense of unease in my own soul every time I took my wallet out. And I knew I couldn’t escape that God was trying to talk to me about my finances.
I remember wrestling with God – over my own rights to my money. And ultimately to my life. Who gets to call the shots in my life? Who gets to decide what I do and don’t do? Do I have those rights? Or, to walk as a true disciple of Jesus Christ, do I lay down my rights to my life – just as He did in coming from Heaven to earth to die for us?
What I do not submit to the Lordship of Jesus in my life becomes a place where the enemy can have his way. And we know that we have an enemy who comes to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10). He will often use us to bring that destruction about in our own lives through our own broken choices to live for our own comfort, pleasure or glory instead of for God’s.
Jesus says, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10). When we surrender to Him EVERY aspect of our lives – the daily choices, the large decisions, the seemingly secular areas or the highly spiritual places – we begin to have the abundant life that Jesus promised. And we bring Him glory in the process.
Are there areas God is wanting Lordship of in your life that you have not given Him yet? I know I have to ask myself that question almost every day. It’s not easy – but He is with us, even in the difficulty of surrender. His ownership of our lives brings us into freedom and fulfillment, far better than anything I can plan for myself!