Meaning: “A share of an amount of money or business available to be claimed or distributed.” [Oxford Languages Dictionary]

There are days it seems everybody feels entitled to their piece of the pie — whatever that pie is. While this may occur in an amicable fashion, an increasing number of individuals have no shame muscling their way into taking what they believe to be their fair share. Even when doing so occurs outside the boundaries of human civility.

The original meaning of this phrase has also broadened to include one’s self:

“Everyone wants a piece of me: my employer, spouse, children, parents, friends. It’s overwhelming. I need to have something left for me.”

For those desiring to live a life pleasing to God, there may be concerns His piece of the pie is too small.

  • Yet there is a job, business, education, ministry, and/or other responsibilities to attend to.
  • Relationships to honor.
  • The need for sleep.
  • Unexpected time-suckers.

If we add up the number of hours per week we spend on “God stuff” compared to everything else, we can start feeling pretty low.

While we should frequently assess the possibility of having priorities which are spiritually out of whack (and commit to making needed adjustments), we just might not be able to spend the “how every many hours of daily Bible reading and prayer” we surmise God should have.

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If our priorities include immersing ourselves in Bible reading, prayer, corporate worship, and increased intimacy with Jesus Christ, we will have to fight for that time. And make no mistake: those are good battles to engage in. 

It’s true we may need to set our alarms earlier in order to better pursue and honor God. Or skip the movie. Or shorten our leisurely reading, social media, or “whatever” time. These could be worthwhile and necessary changes.

Yet here’s an amazing thing:  God doesn’t want a bigger piece of the pie.

 He wants all of it.

Everything His children are and engage in should include Him. He desires that we consistently experience the security and joy of living out the truth that everything belongs to Him (more on this at The Reminder I Need). This includes our time and activities.

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When I came to recognize God’s authority and available intimacy over every “category” of my life, I actually felt relieved. For instance, there was no disconnect between the “being an employee” slice of the pie and unity with God. Everything blended together—from scrubbing the floor to singing with other Christ followers, to waiting in a checkout line or wishing I’d had a better night’s sleep. This, of course, is as God intends.

I love how I Corinthians 6:19-20 not only addresses certain areas of our lives (such as sexual purity), but every aspect of the believer’s “real” life:

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]? You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body. (Amplified)

What does this mean for you and me?

When we’re sick as a dog and absolutely miserable, there is a way to have closeness with God and honor Him through it.

The most disgusting of tasks can become holy.

We recognize interruptions as God-ordained opportunities to trust Him more and see others through Christ’s eyes.

Our thinking is clarified in challenging situations as we remember Who it is we represent and really work for.

Yes, we can concentrate on things requiring our full attention while simultaneously making them acts of worship to our heavenly Father.

We have the ability to note in Scripture the way in which God takes pleasure in His children experiencing pleasure.

Are you intrigued?

Here are a few rubber meets the road questions to consider:

Are there areas in my life I view differently from those I think of as my time with (or for) God?

Are there any portions of my life I would not want to have God involved in? Why?

What would change if I made a conscientious effort to “give” God each facet of my life?

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You may well imagine that committing every aspect of your waking and sleeping time to God—each portion of your life—as a little weird or impossible. Yet when God makes us holy through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, holy is what we are.

Our holiness doesn’t get turned on and off, like an oven.

The Christ follower will not have sections of the pie which are holy and others which aren’t.

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Proverbs 3:5 offers a most freeing counsel: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

I found a fresh reading of this passage in the Message helpful, too:

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.

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 Give God a bigger piece of the pie?

Nawww. Just breathe a sigh of relief and hand the whole thing over!

June

June

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