Worldview- the collection of beliefs we hold about the world, the big picture that influences our daily activities and choices. Every person has a worldview whether they realize it or not. Our worldview is formed by the ideas and practices we collect from our family, culture, education, religion, and friends. The roots of our worldview produce fruit so its imperative that every person examine his/her worldview, worldview influences everything you do and greatly effects how you live your life.
Some typical worldview questions to consider are:
Is there a God?
What is God like?
Where did man/woman come from?
Does life have a purpose? If so, what?
How can the world be made right?
Where are we headed?
What story are you living in?
With those questions, take time to stop and ponder what your answers are to those. Once you’ve compiled your answers, continue reading.
Often times its easy to get stuck in the mindset of the craziness of the world and not even be sure of what you believe is true with everyone’s opinions around you. It can be overwhelming, wouldn’t it be nice though to have a firm standing on what you believe and know to be true? Well today we’re going to strengthen your worldview; even better, we’re going to equip you with the ideals of the Kingdom worldview.
The Bible says that we are to fill the earth with God’s glory. God’s glory is exhibited by us living out a Kingdom worldview. In order to step into that, something crucial that we must know is God is triune (Father/Jesus/Holy Spirit), he is also personal and relational (just, merciful, good, etc.) He is often referred to as Hesed in Jewish culture. God created man/woman in His image to rule the earth and to fill it with his glory. Genesis 1:26-30 ESV states “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so.” The Word is straightforward, God created man in his image and gave them authority to rule over the earth and fill it with his glory.
The worlds problem is humanity’s tragic fall into sin/broken relationship with God. Genesis 3:9-11 displays the broken relationship “But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’ And he said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?'” Notice Adam states that he heard the Lord and hid because he was afraid. He never used to live in fear of the Lord until that moment, they always spent time walking together in the garden in unity and oneness with one another. In Genesis 2:25 it says that they were naked but felt no shame however once they sinned they immediately began to withdraw from God due to the shame they were experiencing. The whole reason Jesus was sent to die on the cross was to restore the brokenness and barrier that sin caused in our relationship with God. Restoration comes through the work of Jesus Christ as he restores relationship with God and reestablishes His kingdom in the earth (Colossians 1:20; Matthew 9:35; Luke 4:43,17:21). Jesus is Lord over ALL. Believers are called to advance the Kingdom by making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:14-15; John 15:16). It is so important for us to share the Good News because sharing that is what builds the faith of other people, it was through someone sharing about Jesus that you had the faith to believe and accept him as your Lord and Savior. We wouldn’t of had that if no one shared it with us so we need to be sharing it with others. We’re all apart of the story of the Bible. The story of the Bible didn’t stop, we’re a continuation of that story. Own it and be steadfast! Lastly, God is the source of all beauty, truth, justice, and natural and moral law. Without God we wouldn’t have anything to base our morals off of, he is the one who sets the standard for what is good and evil. Wisdom on what is good and evil is not innate, it is learned. Even Jesus did not know everything there was to know about what was good or evil, he grew in his understanding and wisdom of God and listened to the discernment of the Holy Spirit. The roots of the Kingdom worldview are moral law, natural law, God’s love, image of God, Kingdom of God and absolute truth. These roots produce fruits of justice, science and technology, humanity and compassion, purpose, dignity and respect for life, hope and history, and learning and reasoning. All these things are edifying and are exhorting us to grow deeper in our relationship and knowledge of Him. He desires all of us to receive a revelation of who he is and the way to do that is to seek him and ask him to reveal that to you. He is grace-driven, life-oriented, relationship-focused and spiritual warfare-minded and he calls us to those same things. This is the way of the Kingdom. We’re to align our worldview with what the Word of God says.
What are some areas in your life where your worldview hasn’t aligned with the Word of God?
The Lord has shown me that there are areas in my worldview that I haven’t aligned with his Word, his character has proven to me time and time again that he corrects his children out of the motive of Love. He only wants us to grow and flourish in this life and one of the contributing ways to do that is to align our worldview with his Word. This has challenged me to reflect on my own life and consider the ways my previous mindset on worldview has influenced my life and how I can change it for His glory. This has encouraged me by showing me there are more ways I can grow and become more like him. It enables me to become more confident in who God is and what I believe.
Worldview is always something we will have to work on. It’s like an onion. It has many layers however do not worry, even Peter’s and Paul’s worldview needed correction (Peter-Acts 10; Paul- Acts 7:57-60, 8:1-3, 9:1-22). In this journey trust God and enjoy the purification process of developing a Kingdom Worldview!