Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Faulty Metaphor Or Not

Have you been influenced by a faulty life metaphor or is your life metaphor biblically based?

What is your view of life?  You may be basing your life on a faulty life metaphor.  To fulfill the purposes God made you for, you will have to challenge conventional wisdom and replace it with the biblical metaphors of life.  Rick Warren

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.  Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Romans 12:1-8 NIV

What is your life metaphor?  Whether you hold it consciously or otherwise, you hold it in your mind.  The foundation of a life lived on purpose and for a purpose begins in the Bible.  God's view of life is much different than our own.  There will be countless times in life when we will be tested.  Our character, our faith and also our faithfulness to our Creator will be tested.
God has entrusted to our care and management the gifts he has given us, such as our relationships, our energy and our resources.  Everything on this earth belongs to God.  We are stewards of all God has created.  We have a responsibility toward God and he rewards our responsibility accordingly.  How can God trust us with the riches of Heaven when we are not responsible or trustworthy regarding worldly wealth? 
Our time here on earth is truly brief.  Everything this side of Heaven is temporary.  Everything.  When we look at our lives as preparation for eternity, we take on a different perspective.  Our view of life suddenly changes.  We are not here for our pleasure.  We are here for God's pleasure.  We are not here to fulfill our purposes.  We are here to fulfill God's purposes for our lives.  In order to understand this, we need to spend a lot of quality time in fellowship with the Lord and truly submit our lives to his will.  Rather than waste time, energy and concern for the temporary things of this earthly life, use this time you have been given wisely and in preparation for the things unseen by human eyes. 
When our time on earth is done and we are held accountable, it will be grand to hear him say "well done, my good and faithful servant."
Take care and don't waste one minute of this precious gift of time God has given you today.  We all are given 24 hours in a day.  It is up to us how we use it.  Love, Nan

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