Often times as Christians, we focus on the fact that we should look different to the world around us, as Hunter touched on last week. Today, I want to talk about how we look at the world.
As Christians, we are called to look at the world around us with love. If you think about it, the sacrifice and truth of the gospel is not only so compelling, but so illogical. The creator of the universe loved us broken people so much that he sent his son to live amongst us, separate from Him, to be brutally crucified, so we could be reconciled with Him.
We understand that, but often times it’s easy to look at things like the world does. The world impacts us—our views, beliefs, opinions, even if we don’t recognize it. We need to continually renew ourselves with truth. I’ve noticed that in my life, without constant surrender to the Lord and preaching myself the gospel, I gradually become “conformed to this world”, as Paul writes:
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:2
We are called to “discern what is the will of God”. In order to accomplish that, we need to look at the world like God looks at it. Below are a few things I believe are true when we are looking at the world with God:
Good things become great
Marriage is no longer just a pairing up of two partners, but a union of man and woman into one flesh that pursue Jesus Christ.
Times of joy and happiness are all the more special because they are a tiny piece of what eternity will look like.
Mundane things become purposeful
This one is a tough one to think about, but if we think about it, a huge portion of our life is spent on “mundane activities”—school work, grocery shopping, cleaning the house—God so badly desires our attention, focus, and love during those times as well.
Each thing we do throughout the day is a chance to glorify God above.
Each conversation, interaction, encounter we have throughout the day can have an eternal impact.
Though it may seem pointless now, God could be preparing you for something you will face in the future, when you have a family you are responsible for.
Bad things become glorious
We inherently know this, but we must remind ourselves that whatever happens the Lord is going to use that experience for his glory and for your ultimate good… he promises it in his word.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28
I think it’s no coincidence that the Bible features so many stories of people being healed of their blindness. One of my favorite examples is regarding the aforementioned writer, Paul.
“So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight…” -Acts 9:17-18
What I love about this scene is that once Paul was healed of his blindness he didn’t stop there. Once he saw clearly the glory and power of God, he was compelled to move, so he went forth and spent the rest of his days doing mighty work for the Kingdom. The same happens for us.
When we see, or our perspective changes, seeking opportunities to serve the Lord changes from a task to something we do with joy in our hearts. Part of the sanctification process is starting to see things less from the world’s perspective, and more from the point of view of God above. This isn’t something that will happen all at once, but if we fix our eyes on Him, he will show us the way.