Three Things that Should be Growing in Our Lives, Part 5

Three Things that Should be Growing in Our Lives, Part 5

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Worldview shift

The third thing that should be happening in our lives is a constant shift from our natural worldview to a biblical one.  As we nurture our first love for Jesus, seeing both His glory and our sin, this will lead to revival, which should lead to shifts in our worldview.  That is, we should be seeing new points where our natural worldview clashes with a biblical worldview. This should result in us rejecting the natural worldview and replacing it with biblical standards.

For instance, a believing, pro-life woman who opposed abortions worked for Planned Parenthood; her job was to schedule abortions.  She did not realize the conflict between what she said she believed (that abortion was wrong except in the extreme case for saving the mother’s life) and what she was doing. She was not seeing the need to live her beliefs in her work life. When this contradiction of her beliefs and actions was pointed out to her, she immediately quit her job—that is, she accepted the new insight that her biblical beliefs should be practiced in her work place.

Here is a biblical demonstration of worldview clashes in Mark 10

The rich young man:

Mar 10:17  “As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. ‘Good teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’”

Mar 10:18  “’Why do you call me good?’ Jesus answered. ‘No one is good—except God alone.’

[WV clashes:  Jesus immediately zeroed in on the anti-biblical value the man was expressing: he thought that people were good. Jesus knew that all people are without any good in their old nature. (Rom 3:12  “All have turned away,they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”)
Also, the man thought Jesus was just a human being; Jesus wanted him begin to see that the goodness in Jesus pointed towards his being God.]

Mar 10:19  “‘You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’

Mar 10:20  ‘Teacher,’ he declared, ‘all these I have kept since I was a boy.’

[WVclashes:  Jesus points to where sin is obvious in lives; the man thinks he has kept these! This reveals how low his standards are.  In his sermon on the mount, Jesus clarified that to look at a woman with desire was to commit adultery.  Obviously the man did not think that; he had a much different value system. To him sin was an outward act, to Jesus it was first inward in motive, thought and desire, then manifested in outward action.  Very different worldviews.]

Mar 10:21  “Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’”

[Jesus’ WV presentation: valuing spiritual things is far more important than physical possessions. Treasure in heaven is far more significant than treasure on earth. Following Jesus is far more important than following people or culture or comfort.]

Mar 10:22  “At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.”

[WV clash: his heart was on earthly treasure, comfort, security and position.  He was looking for the minimum he had to do to get to heaven and was unwilling to go beyond his comfort zone.  Jesus called him to a different worldview where he should give all and follow Him, but the man refused.]

See next post for a second example from Jesus’ teachings.

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