If you have visited here before, you can probably see that I have changed the name of the blog again. I started blogging at 4URuthie to tell the story of our journey to adopt our 1st daughter. I changed it to Mountains for Maggie when we were praying for God to move mountains on behalf of our 2nd daughter. Well now it is no longer just Ruthie’s or Maggie’s stories. It is now our family's story, and the stories of those we share life with, as we Conquer Mountains together. Both ConqueringMountains.net and 4URuthie.blogspot will lead here.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Those Who Get It- Part 4
In Exodus 33:18 Moses asked God to "show me your glory". He wanted more than God's presence with him as he carried out his tasks. He wanted to see the fullness of God all around him. I don't know about you, but when my life becomes dictated by my to-do lists and personal goals, I operate on a level independent of my awareness of God around me or His involvement in my life. Sure at the end of the day I can feel good that I got my stuff done but for what? To what end and what gain beyond the here and now? Like Moses' cry for God to show him His Glory, my cry to God this year has been for Him to help me "get it". Like really "get it".
So here are the character traits I have observed in those who "get it":
1. They see God in the everyday. (More about that HERE)
2. They make space in their life for good inputs. (More about that HERE)
3. They live with a "get to" attitude. (More about that HERE)
4. They have a Biblical Worldview that transforms their lives.
Let me start by saying that there are people out there A LOT smarter than me who have A LOT more to say on this topic so don't go to this source as a definitive statement on the topic of Biblical or Redemptive Worldview. I will tell you how I see it though.
I believe that someone with a Biblical Worldview sees the world and their response to it through their own salvation, Christ's example on how to live here on earth, and God's call on their life as a response to both of those. But it goes one step further for those who "get it". They don't just understand this but THEY RESPOND TO IT IN OBEDIENCE!
I had a conversation with a friend this summer about all the suffering overseas and the person I was talking to said, "I know some people who go over to help others in places like India, but I don't want anything to do with it. I don't want to go to any of those places until after Jesus comes back and makes them right." My friend believes in Jesus, and I am not questioning her salvation. However, I think it is fair to say that her life has not been transformed by a Biblical Worldview.
There is a song by Hillsong called Hosanna (you can hear it HERE) and in it are the lyrics:
Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am for your Kingdom's cause.
I think people who "get it" mean those lyrics when they sing them and then their actions when they walk out of church reflect it. They do crazy things like spend their vacation time overseas serving others, or adopt multiple children, or instead of spending extra money on more stuff they support causes that reflect a Biblical worldview.
Please don't think that I am suggesting that in order to have a Biblical Worldview you have to spend your life overseas, because I am not. Our world is most commonly here and now, so let me give a more familiar example. People with a Biblical Worldview look at groups like the homeless, foster children, mentally handicapped, or economically disadvantaged not as inconveniences to their personal way of life, but with compassion.
Those who get it embrace verses like..
Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations... Matt 28:19
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matt 25:40
...And their very lives are transformed by them.
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