It’s Important to See the World Like Jesus

Book Reference:  Think Like Jesus, George Barna

 Worldview:  Everyone has one.  It is our framework for decision making.  It is mental and emotional filter that allows us to make choices consistent with what we believe to be true, significant, and appropriate.

 Jesus approached the world with a biblical worldview.  A Christ-follower should experience, interpret, and respond to reality in light of a biblical perspective.

 Principles of Biblical Worldview

  • God is the all-knowing, all-powerful Creator of the universe who still rules that universe today.
  • When Jesus Christ was on earth He lived a sinless life.
  • Satan is not a symbol of evil but is a real, living entity.
  • A person can not earn his or her eternal salvation by being good or doing good things for other people; that salvation is the free gift of God.
  • Every person who believes in Jesus Christ has a personal responsibility to share his or her faith in Him with other people who believe differently.
  • The Bible is totally accurate in all that it teaches.

 The benefits of a single minded Biblical worldview are not just spiritual.  You will be healthier mentally, emotionally, relationally, and physically.  You will be more content, confident, and have a purposeful lifestyle.

 Train to Think Like Jesus

 1)    Seek God’s Wisdom.

For the Lord grants wisdom!  From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.  He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.  He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Prov 2:6-8

 2)    Don’t be fooled by the world.

Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.  Col 2:8

 3)    Commit to what is important.

Listen closely, Israel, and be careful to obey. Then all will go well with you, and you will have many children in the land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.  Deut 6:3

 4)    Allow God to transform you.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Rom 12:2

 5)    Fight appropriately.  Get fit spiritually.

We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. 2 Cor 10:4-5

 6)    Rely on God’s guidance.  Pay Attention.

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.  James 1:5-6

 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.  “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.  Isa 55:8