Seeing Like God

A wise man once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Did you know that you have a worldview? Everyone does. Every single person on Earth has a worldview. What is it, you ask? It is your mental map of reality. Or, it is the sum total of all things you believe to be true, whether they are in fact true or not.

We base every decision we make on our worldview. We want to make decisions that please God, that strengthen our families, and that show Jesus Christ to the world around us. In order to make those kinds of decisions, more than a few of our habits must change.

Paul writes to the Christians at Rome, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” (Romans 12:2a) At the deepest level of ourselves, our worldview must be transformed.

No one but God has a worldview that is 100% accurate. NO ONE. Listening to God is the most trustworthy way to transform our worldviews from the confusion we once had into a reasonably accurate understanding of ultimate reality.

This transformation will involve a lifelong journey of unlearning things we’ve come to believe, and learning and living out a BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW. So this month, I challenge you to sit back and examine some of your decisions. WHY did you do ? WHAT made you think that way?

Here’s the promise Paul makes: when you have fully integrated the biblical worldview into your life, “by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2b)

Don’t we all want to know what God wants us to do?

Grace and peace!

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About Nick Gill

orphan-poet-adoptee-soldier-prodigal-servant-husband- counselor-desperate seeker after my Father's face "I feel my body weakened by the years as people turn to gods of cruel design. Is it that they fear the pain of death, or is it that they fear the joy of life?" - Toad the Wet Sprocket

Posted on 15 January, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. “Don’t we all want to know what God wants us to do?”

    Definitely!! 🙂 Isn’t that why so many people look for signs and “open doors” to find out what God wants them to do?

    I’m stating the obvious, probably, but the more mature we become, the more readily God’s Word and wisdom comes to us when we’re making decisions. Whereas we previously might have looked to signs or open doors to make those decisions obvious — when God’s Word is ingrained in our minds, His will is made plain too, and it is easier to weigh out our decisions and know what God would want us to do.

    Right? 🙂

    (I’ve been meaning to come by here for months! Finally, I have you saved on my favorites and you can now look forward to my regular visits. Ha!)

    • Welcome, sweet sister — I’ve been trying to get you over here!

      What I find so exciting about the Jesus Way is that no matter how much we read Scripture, we only MATURE by doing mercy and holiness, compassion and goodness, justice and purity intertwined and reflecting the glory of God into the communities where he has sent us. By doing, in our passionate and pitifully weak way, the things we see Jesus doing.

      We can only understand the Wounded Healer when we are doing the kinds of things that got him wounded.

  2. True my friend. Very true!

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