My moleskine notebook is a great metaphor for our lives. Its pages exist together in complete bounded harmony, though the pages inside might be varied. It has grocery lists next to biblical exposition, driving directions next to songs in progress. This juxtaposition is a helpful and healthy look at spiritual maturity.
When this happens, I believe we will not see such a stark divide between all things “spiritual” and “not spiritual” but, in may areas, we will see more things as “spiritual.” Christianity isn’t just praying and reading, but “living-in.”
Living-in is a comfortable, real and almost tangible authenticity. There is a depth of maturity that exists where we assume (in all its positive connotations) its genuine truth. This is not a leap of faith, in fact it’s the very opposite. It seems to come from living and experiencing God’s grace day in and day out over a long period of time. Understanding that we make mistakes and God is still a loving Father. Understanding that we can have comfort in the tumult of life.
Living-in means that we don’t switch to Christian-mode when speaking on some subjects and some other mode when speaking on others. When we make out grocery lists or try and write a worship song, we are living in our identity as believers united to Christ. We seek to be a part of the consistent worldview of all parts of life that God’s voice has to offer.
I’m not in any way saying that I’m at a place like this, but am seeking God to bring me there. It’s a funny thing, this thing called of sanctification. Just when I feel like I have hold of it, it slips away. I guess that’s why Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”