Worldview has been a buzzword that has increased with popularity over the last decade. Day 5 in What on Earth am I Here For? is entitled, “Seeing life from God’s view.” Wouldn’t it be much easier to just have God’s view of this world, instead of trying to funnel everything that this world has, what it says about us, or what it throws at us, through our own personal sieve to see what our “world” view looks like when it comes out? If we are believers in gospel of Christ, shouldn’t our views look at least similar if we all have God’s view? I want His view. I want to see things the way He sees them. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of mind (complete change of your worldview). Then you will be able to know the will of God.”
For over twenty years now, one of my other common prayers to God has been for me to be able to recognize things that are of this world. Recognize it when I am looking through the lens of the “world” view. Recognize daily all of the little beliefs, or habits, and what the world thinks we should or shouldn’t do, which have slowly crept into my life because they were the standards of this world, instead of His standards. He will show it to us, even in the details, because He is into all of the details. Lord, I don’t want to be conformed to this world. I want you to continually transform my mind. I want to continually be set apart for Your purposes. Not my will, Lord, but Your will be done in my life and in the lives of my children.
God’s view looks totally different. People will not always understand you, or your choices, when you are living your life with God’s view being used as your filter. In Acts 19:26, while Paul was teaching God’s view and challenging the present view of the people, it says that he had “alienated a considerable company of them.” This is a nice way of saying he ticked off, or offended a bunch of people along the way! Countless times, people in the Bible were alienated by friends, family, and new acquaintances because they chose to see life, and their circumstances, and make decisions based on what they saw and understood from God’s view. They knew what the will of God was, and they had allowed Him to transform them ”inwardly by a complete change of mind.” It is a challenge to recognize areas that are “conformed to this world” when you, and your culture or community, have grown to accept them because of familiarity. The only way to have a worldview shifting, mind transforming, life-changing walk in your purpose with God, is to seek His view and let Him begin the transformation. Will you alienate people when you begin to do this? Absolutely. Your change of views, because they are not the status quo, will make people uncomfortable. We must stand firm…. not looking to the left or to the right, but keeping our eyes straight ahead, and our eyelid right before us.