Compartmentalized Life

compartmentalize“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” Mt. 22:37, 38 (NIV)

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These past several weeks, I’ve been examining the topic of wisdom. We came to this topic after encountering the concept of a compartmentalized life. In Conformed to His Image, Ken Boa describes the compartmentalized life as a life divided into various compartments such as home, work, recreation, and church.

It is a life in which many of the right pieces are in place…but their priority and relationship to each other are not established.

It is a life in which church may be given equal priority to recreation. More importantly, within the compartmentalized life, each compartment is separated off from the others. They have little or nothing to do with each other.

A compartmentalized life recognizes that God is God.

It equally recognizes that our career is medicine.

But in the compartmentalized life, they are lived out separately. My time and my relationship with God are confined to my relationship with the church. My professional life is something separate.

God has very little to do with how I practice medicine.

Like so many things in the Christian walk…the day-to-day reality is that the separation is rarely absolute. Rather, the separation between the compartments of our lives exists in varying degrees.

The separation manifests itself as a matter of emphasis.

The underlying factor that drives the compartmentalized life is control.

We arrange our lives into various compartments in our effort to control our lives…to live them in the way we want to live them. We order our lives to conform to a pattern that we desire.

It is a life that can appear to others and to us as godly.

And that’s what makes it so dangerous.

We think we are living a good and godly life…when all the time we are living a life that we have constructed…not a life we have given over to Him.

The compartmentalized life is not the path to wisdom.

Wisdom is attained through living a life in which all aspects of our life are brought under the Lordship and control of Christ.

It is the integrated life…and it is that life we will begin to examine.

Prayer: Lord, help me to see the degree in which I have compartmentalized my life!

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