Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
It is challenging to live spiritually in a not so spiritual world, but it can be done. The Bible tells us that we are in the world but not of the world. We are constantly surrounded by worldly things and people. Therefore, we should always be reminded that it takes discipline to live by the Spirit.
Paul said in the short book of Galatians that those who are saved should walk by the Spirit and keep in step with the Spirit.
The First Step
The first step to living spiritually in a not so spiritual world is to recognize that you exist in a two-dimensional environment. You must see things in two different ways. One way is to be aware of the way the world sees them because you are in the world. The other way is to see things in a spiritual way because you are not of the world.
The world sees the here and now, but you must focus on the hereafter. The world wants instant gratification. However, you must know that your treasure is laid up for you in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21).
You must realize that this earth is not your eternal home. You are just passing through. You have dual citizenship as a resident on this earth and in heaven.
Don't follow what the world is doing just to go along with the crowd. In order to live spiritually in a not so spiritual world, you must be different and see things differently..
The Second Step
The second step is to see the spiritual significance in everything and not those things that go on in a church or a Bible class. Ask yourself, "Where is God in this situation?" Then listen to God to discover what He wants you to know..
If God isn't in it the encounter, then you shouldn't be in it either. Move beyond the obvious surface meaning of a situation. Think of what Jesus would do in all your activities and events, or how He would intercede with God on your behalf.
The Third Step
To live spiritually in a not so spiritual world, you must love God more than you love the world. Even when the world tells you to "Curse God and die" (Job 2:9), you must stand firm and never waver in your beliefs. Job was firm in his faith and didn't go along with what his wife and his friends wanted him to do.
You must not go along with the world when it tells you to "Accumulate all you can and build bigger barns" (Luke 12:18). To live spiritually, you should "be not weary in well-doing for you shall reap in due season if you faint not" (Galatians 6:9).
The Four Steps
Being led by the Spirit means doing only those things that are right, fair and just. The Holy Spirit would not lead you to do evil and sinful things. Those suggestions come from the evil one and not from the Holy Spirit.
The Fifth Step
Do not be afraid to be in the minority because of your beliefs. Everyone is not going to be on your side and embrace your trying to live spiritually in a not so spiritual world. They will go against you, criticize you, and mock you. However, do not let their opinion of you stop you from living spiritually.
They might laugh at you for blessing your food in restaurants. They might even think you are going overboard when they find out you read your Bible and pray on a daily basis. Don't let what they say about you, stop you from doing what you know is right.
Summary of the Steps
- Step One: Know that you exist in a secular world and a spiritual world.
- Step Two: Recognize the spiritual significance of what happens to you and around you.
- Step Three: Love God more than you love the things of the world.
- Step Four: Be led by the Spirit.
- Step Five: Accept being in the minority.