When we think of our spiritual lives, our thoughts often converge on weekly worship services and Bible studies. This is fitting, as these are often the highlights when we gather as the people of God to hear His word and worship Him. However, can we take two days out of the week and call them a life? What about the time in-between those days? Let’s suppose that we have some time set aside each day for reading Scripture and praying and we add that time to the two days we’ve already carved out, is that enough time for us to say that we have a spiritual life?
If we examine how we live our lives, we see that minutes and seconds actually have very little to do with the act of living. Life is something that we do every minute of every day as long as our heart is beating. It is an all-encompassing phenomenon and nothing we do lies beyond its scope. Our spiritual life, the life involving our soul and relationship with God, is no different. As a matter of fact, when take into account Scripture such as Deuteronomy 6:5, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” and Colossians 3:23, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” we find that our lives and our spiritual lives are one and the same. There is no distinction between the two except the fake one we make with terms like “spiritual life”. Our relationship with God does not start when we open up the Bible and stop when we close it. What we do while driving home from work has just as much impact on our soul as what we do Sunday morning.
To live with God does not consist in a set number of hours doing certain actions as if we were trying to obtain a driver’s license. God does not work on the clock; He works around the clock, shaping us into a unique likeness of Christ. Likewise, our attending to and cooperating with His work cannot be on the clock. Instead of being brackets to our relationship with God, things like prayer and worship are focused times with God that help us to be more attentive to God’s work in our lives the rest of the time.