Have you ever found yourself, or heard someone saying, "You can't lie, it's Sabbath," or "If it wasn't Sabbath I'd tell you something."
The Bible does teach that while some things are fine for six days, on Sabbath they are inappropriate. Working is one such example (see Ex 20: 8-11; Isa 58:13). There are some things however that notwithstanding season or the situation they are just not appropriate. The other nine commandments of Exodus 20 are examples of perpetual "Do nots."
There are some Christians who believe that they should lead compartmentalized lives; meaning they are at liberty to do things of vastly different sorts. There are others, however, who believe that their Christian principles should transcend all that they do... always. The latter Christians wear one consistent cap that says, "I'm a Follower of Christ"; the former set could with their many caps confuse you at points.
In today's text (1 Chron. 8) Solomon's decision to marry the Egyptian princess seems to put him in the mould of one who leads a compartmentalized life - where he literally puts her in a seperate accommodation than the house built by his father David (verse 11). But as his life showed, that was a poor decision. Paul's counsel in 1 Cor. 10: 31 is, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
Is God only present in certain areas of your life, or is He everywhere? James tells in chapter 2 verse 10, "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."
Father in Heaven, today we invite to occupy us fully; let no part of us be in any way unconsecrated to Your cause and glory. May we each wear just one cap, "I'm a Follower of Christ." In Jesus' name, amen.
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