Happy New week my estimated readers, I hope you’ll well! Are you putting Jesus at the center of your life? So we are continuing with our book the Purpose driven life, for those just joining in your very welcome, today we are going to day five and six, as usual an thrilled to share with you, hope your learning a thing or two.
Day 5: Seeing Life From God’s View.
We don’t See things as they are, we see them as we are.Anaïs Nin
What is your life?James 4:14
On this day Rick says, the way you see your life shapes your life, how you define your life determines your destiny, your perspective will influence how you invest your time, spend your money, use your talents and time and value your relationships. 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, some say it’s a puzzle, a journey, a dance, among others. People have said “Life is a carousel: sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down and sometimes you just go round and round. If I asked how you picture life, what image would come to your mind?, That image is your life metaphor, it’s your description of how life works and what your expect from it. Your unspoken life metaphor influences your life more than you realize, it determines your expectations, your values, your relationships, your goals and your priorities. For instance, if you think life is a party, your primary value in life will be having fun, if you see life as a race, you will value speed and will probably be in a hurry much of the time, What is your view of life? You may be basing your life on a faulty life metaphor, to fulfill the purpose God made you for, you will have to challenge conventional wisdom and replace it with the biblical metaphor.
Don’t conform yourself to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able and I know the will of God.Romans12:2
He continues and says, the Bible offers three metaphors that teach us God’s View of life, which are life is a test, a trust and life is a temporary assignment, these ideas are the foundation of purpose driven life. Life On Earth Is a Test, this life metaphor is seen in stories throughout the Bible, God continually tests people’s character, truth, obedience, love, integrity and loyalty. Character is both develop and revealed by tests and all of life is a test, you are always being tested, we don’t know all the tests God will give you. God wants you to pass the tests of life so he never allows the tests you facw to be greater than the grace he gives you to handle them. Everytime your pass a test God notices and makes plans to reward you in eternity. Life on Earth is a Trust, the second metaphor everything we enjoy is to be treated as a trust that God has placed in our hands, the first job God gave humans was to manage and take care of God’s stuff on Earth as good stewards.
Day 6: Life Is a Temporary Assignment.
Lord, remind me how brief my time one earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered and that my life is fleeing away.Pslams 39:4
I am here on Earth for just a little while.Psalms 119:19
Warren says, life on earth is a temporary assignment, the Bible is full of metaphors that teach about the brief, temporary, transient nature of life, to make the best use of your life, you must never forget two truths.
First, compared with eternity, life is extremely brief. Second, earth is only a temporary
residence. You won’t be here
long, so don’t get too attached, ask God to help you see life on
earth as he sees it. David prayed,
“Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on earth will be. Help me to know that I am here for but a moment more.” Your identity is in eternity, and
your homeland is heaven, when
you grasp this truth, you will stop worrying about “having it all” on earth, the Bible is
clear “Friends, this world is not
your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul.”
God warns us to not get too attached to what’s around us because it is temporary, the fact that earth is not our ultimate home explains why, as followers of Jesus, we experience difficulty, sorrow, and rejection in this world. It also explains why some of God’s promises seem unfulfilled, some prayers seem unanswered, and some circumstances seem unfair. This is not the end of the story, in order to keep us from becoming too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life, longings that will never be fulfilled on this side of eternity. We’re not completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be! Earth is not our final home, we were created for something much better. You will never feel
completely satisfied on earth,
because you were made for more, you will have happy moments here, but nothing compared with what God has planned for you. Realizing that life on earth is just a temporary assignment should radically alter your values, Eternal values, not temporal ones, should become the deciding factors for your decisions, remember that you are not home yet, at death you won’t leave home, you’ll go home.
All that is not Eternal is eternally useless.C.S.Lewis
As we remember that life is a test, a trust, and atemporary
assignment, let me rest at that today. Thank you for indulging.
Till then in the next series. Stay safe.