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What does "Coram Deo" mean? This phrase literally refers to something that takes place in the presence of, or before the face of, God. To live coram Deo is to live one's entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.

To live in the presence of God is to understand that whatever we are doing and wherever we are doing it, we are acting under the gaze of God. To be aware of the presence of God is also to be acutely aware of His sovereignty. Living under divine sovereignty involves recognizing that there is no higher goal than offering honor to God.

To live all of life coram Deo is to live a life of integrity. A fragmented life is a life of disintegration. It is marked by inconsistency, disharmony, confusion, conflict, contradiction, and chaos. The Christian who compartmentalizes his or her life into two sections of the religious and the nonreligious has failed to grasp the big idea. The big idea is that all of life is religious or none of life is religious.

Integrity is found where men and women live their lives in a pattern of consistency. It is a pattern that functions the same basic way in church and out of church. It is a life that is open before God. It is a life in which all that is done is done as to the Lord. It is a life lived by principle, not expediency; by humility before God, not defiance. It is a life lived under the [teaching] of the Word of God.

Coram Deo before the face of God. That's the big idea. Next to this idea our other goals and ambitions become mere trifles. Excerpts from R.C.Sproul article, Feb 23, 2009.