Seeing Life From God’s View
James 4:14b (NIV) What is your life
Anaїs Nin says; We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
The way you see your life shapes your life, how you define life determines your destiny. Your perspective will influence how you invest your time, spend your money, use your talents, and your relationships. Seeing life from God’s view shapes your life and defines it uniquely. One of the best ways to understand other people is to ask them, “How do you see your life?” You will discover that there are as many different answers to that question as there are people.
Like, life is a circus, a minefield, a roller coaster, a puzzle, a symphony, a journey, and a dance. People have said, Life is a carousal: sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down, and sometimes you just go round and round or Life is a ten-speed bicycle with gears we never use or life is a game of cards: You have to play the hand you are dealt. If I asked how you picture life, what image would come to your mind? That image is your life metaphor. It’s the view of life that you hold, consciously or unconsciously, in your mind. It’s your description of how life works and what you expect from it. People often express their life metaphor through clothes, jewelry, cars, hairstyles, bumper stickers, even tattoos. Read Make Your Life Count
What is your view of life? You may be basing your life on a faulty life metaphor. To fulfill the purposes God made you for, you will have to challenge conventional wisdom and replace it with the biblical metaphor of life. The Bible offers three metaphors that teach us God’s view of life: Life is a test, Life is a trust, and life is a temporary assignment. These ideas are the foundation of purpose-driven living. We will look at the first two in this post and the third one in my nest post.
Life On Earth Is A Test
This life metaphor is seen in stories throughout the Bible. God continually tests people’s character, faith, obedience, love, integrity, and loyalty. God tested Abraham by asking him to offer his son Isaac. God tested Jacob when he had to work extra years to earn Rachel as his wife. Adam and Eve failed their test in the Garden of Eden, and David failed his tests from God on several occasions. But the Bible also gives us many examples of people who passed a great test, such as Joseph, Ruth, Esther, and Daniel. Read also WHAT GOD PURPOSE IS ABOUT
Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test. You will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and even senseless tragedies. In my own life, I have noticed that God tests my faith through problems, test my hope by how I handle possessions, and tests my love through people.
A very important test is how you act when you can’t feel God’s presence in your life. Sometimes God intentionally draws back, and we don’t sense his closeness. When you understand that life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant in your life. Even the smallest incident has significance for your character development. Some test seems overwhelming, while others you don’t even notice. But all of them have eternal implications.
The good news is that God wants you to pass the tests of life, so he never allows the tests you to face to be greater than the grace he gives you to handle them. The Bible says, God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out. Every time you pass a test, he plans to reward you in eternity. James say, Blessed are those who endure when they are tested. When they pass the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
Life In Earth Is A Trust.
This is the second biblical metaphor of life. Our time on earth and our energy, intelligence, opportunities, relationships, and resources are all gifts from God that he has entrusted to our care and management. We are steward of whatever God gives us. This concept of stewardship begins with the recognition that God is the owner of everything and everyone on earth. The Bible says, The world and all that is in it belong to the Lord; the earth and all who live on it are his.
The first job God gave humans was to manage and take care of God’s stuff on earth. This role has never been rescinded. It is a part of our purpose today. At the end of your life on earth you will be evacuated and rewarded according to how well you handled what God entrusted to you. That means everything you do, has eternal implications. If you treat everything as a trust, God promises three reward in eternity.
- You will be given God’s affirmation
- God will promote you and,
- He will give you a greater responsibility in eternity
Most people fail to understand that money is both test and a trust from God. God uses finances to teach us to trust him, and for many people, money is the greatest test of all. This is a very important truth. God says there is a direct relationship between how I use my money and the quality of my spiritual life. How I manage my money (worldly wealth) determines how much God can entrust me with spiritual blessings (true riches).
Life is a test and a trust, and the more God gives you, the more responsible he expects you to be.
This post was last modified on June 13, 2018, 3:50 pm