I have this friend who tends to be dramatic. Everything that goes on in her life is magnified by 100 times. To be honest, she overreacts pretty often. She can see the same situation as someone else and come away with a totally different perception. Sometimes I think, it has to be tiring to be her.
And then I realize that I am her. Often, when I’m out with friends or my husband and something interesting happens, my view of the situation is completely different. For example, when I’m driving and someone starts to come into our lane without looking, I freak out. One time I reached over my husband to honk the horn while he was driving. (He didn’t like that at all).
As a Christian, have you ever stopped to think about the fact that there are others in this world who see things differently than we do? We can look at sunsets, or the birth of a child, and see God’s miracles at work. Not everyone agrees with what the Bible has to say about our world and how we should live our lives (our worldview). You can turn on the news and see that pretty quickly.
When we think about worldviews that differ from ours we might ask ourselves questions similar to these:
You might not have taken the time to ask these questions. Instead you might be thinking, why does this matter? I know what I believe and that’s all that counts. Ephesians 4:14 explains why we need to mature in our faith and be grounded in who we are as Christians.
As a Christian, you must be ROOTED in what you believe or you will be easily persuaded otherwise.
Our culture has become one where anything goes. People say with their actions and sometimes their words, “if it works for you, if it feels good to you, it must be true. You can have your own truth and I will have mine. As long as you don’t try to push your truth on me we’ll be fine.” Proverbs 14:12 tell us how God feels about this cultural idea that rejects a standard of absolute truth and says that anything goes. It says,
To understand this verse completely you have to know a little bit more about the book of Proverbs. One of the themes of the book has to do with the idea of the “way” or “path” that all people choose. The book mentions that there are only two paths. One leads to spiritual and physical life and fullness, and the other leads to death. The idea here is that when humanity tries to figure out the direction of their life apart from God they will think that they have made the right choice. In reality, their choice will be wrong and it will lead them farther away from God.
Man, does this describe our world! People think that they can find truth and fulfillment apart from God, but he makes it clear how impossible that task is. Trying to live your life as if truth and God don’t exist will lead to spiritual death and separation from God.
These verses tell us two things. First, there is such a thing as absolute truth, and second, we can find that truth in the Word of God.
John 16:13 explains the idea a bit more clearly when it says, “when the Spirit of truth comes, it will guide you into all truth…” Jesus is referring to the Holy Spirit. He is saying that the Holy Spirit will speak to our hearts and guide our lives toward God’s absolute truth. That small voice we hear or the nudges toward the “right thing” are the Holy Spirit of God leading us into all truth.
Jesus says later in John (chapter 14) “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” I can’t help but wonder if Jesus had Proverbs in mind when he said this. Jesus is trying to say that the way to find truth and life came through him. And it still does.
So in this world that says anything goes, we CAN find absolute truth. We find this truth through
READING GOD'S WORD,
GETTING TO KNOW HIS SON, &
ALLOWING HIS SPIRIT TO DIRECT OUR LIVES.
I don’t know about you, but I want my whole life to be ROOTED in God’s truth. When I try to do things my way I fall flat on my face. It’s impossible for me to please God in my own power.
Unlike my dramatic outbursts that tend to skew a situation, if you want to know God and experience eternal life with him there is only one way to see things. Through His eyes.
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