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THE JUNK DRAWER OF MY LIFE

Is Jesus your all in all or is He just a compartment in your life?” – unknown.

Every house has a junk drawer. That one drawer, often the kitchen, is the designated place for unrelated stuff that has no home. This drawer is not organized. When looking for a miscellaneous item, mom or dad can often be heard asking, “Did you look in the junk drawer?”

It is easy to live a functionally compartmentalized life. We try to divide our lives neatly into two drawers: real life and spiritual life. The real-life drawer is the one that holds a lot of the stuff of everyday life, like a job, physical health, friends and family, leisure, money, possessions, and daily routine. This drawer is where we expend most of our emotional and physical energy, and where most dreams will be realized or dashed. The contents of this drawer are the location of our highs and lows, our joys and sorrows.

Then, they have a second drawer—the spiritual life drawer. All the “God” stuff goes here. It’s the drawer for Sunday worship, small groups, tithes and offerings, short-term mission trips, and spiritual conversations with neighbors or extended family members.

The Bible tells us there is only one drawer. God has a radical, single-drawer purpose for your life. The best word for that purpose is ambassador. A U.S. ambassador is the President’s highest-ranking representative to a country or international organization abroad. The ambassador leads the diplomats and staff serving at a U.S. embassy or mission. Ambassadors are not always popular because what their country is doing or has not done is not liked in the home country. But an ambassador is not to be judged on how “popular” he or she may be but on how faithfully they represent the message of the leader who sent them. That is what an ambassador does. They are to represent their leader and convey his messages to the citizens of the country in which they temporarily serve.

So 2 Corinthians 5:20 says a lot of things to us as Christians: “So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” Like an ambassador, we live in this place temporarily, and we will be judged not on how popular or successful we are here in this world, but by how faithfully we represent our King while we are here. The only thing an ambassador does is represent the ruler who sent them—every day, all the time, in everything you do.

Therefore, our purpose in life is to make the invisible presence of Jesus visible in the lives of others.  You are the look on Christ’s face. You are the tone of His voice. You are the touch of His hands. You are the physical representative of His grace.

This is your mission in every situation, location, and relationship of your life—to make the grace of the invisible King visible. This is our one drawer.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Many people are tempted to compartmentalize their faith rather than allow God to influence every aspect of their lives. What are some of the reasons for this? 
  2. How have you experienced the benefits of a single-minded focus on God?
  3. Pray and ask God for the wisdom to occupy all the compartments in your life.

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