Devotion and Prayer for Week of January 29, 2012

Meditation for the week beginning January 29, 2012

 

How shall we live this Year?

 

This is a fair question for us to ask ourselves as we venture into 2012.  How will we live? Will our life reflect our Christian Faith or will it be hard to distinguish our life as different from the non-believers around us. What is our Worldview?

 

 “A worldview is, first of all, an explanation and interpretation of the world and second, an application of this view to life.”

“The Christian worldview sees and understands God the Creator and His creation, primarily through the lens of God’s special revelation, the Holy Scriptures…for the purpose of believing and behaving in accord with God’s will and, thereby glorifying God with one’s mind and life, both now and in eternity.” (Thinking Biblically: John MacArthur, Crossway Books 2003 p13 & 14)

 

It might be easier if I shortened the definition of a Christian worldview to say, that everything you say or do should reflect Biblical Christianity.  Now the question becomes will we or do we live our lives this way?  For many people Christianity is confined to Sunday or only certain situations in life.  Say things like marriage, funerals and certain holidays.

 

Some people seem to have bought into the idea of separation of church and everything else.  They confine their faith, their religion to only certain activities, certain days and certain times.  Yet if we understand properly what a worldview is, then shouldn’t we as Bible believing Christians seek to in all areas of our life reflect this Biblical Worldview.  As we draw to the end of the first month of 2012 allow me to suggest a new resolution for the year.

 That in 2012 we will strive to live our life reflecting our Faith – our Biblical Christian Faith in all we say and do!

 Allow me to say that this is no easy task.  Think about it, what if as we drove down the road there a message was flashing on our back window, Bible Believing Christian Driver. What would people learn about Bible believing Christians from our driving?

 

How about as we sat in the coffee shop, at the fast food restaurant, or around the dinner table, there was a sign over our head as we talked with our friends, neighbors and family, Bible believing Christian talking.  What would people learn about Bible believing Christians from our conversation?

 

Imagine that once you were home that as you sat down to watch television, listen to the radio, read a book or magazine there was a lighted sign outside your unit that said:  The Bible believing Christian inside is watching, listening, or reading…?  What would our neighbors learn about Bible believing Christians from the entertainment media we choose?

 

Imagine trying to do a business deal, make a complaint to customer service, or return a purchase if there was always sign above your head saying, Bible believing Christian.  What would those you deal with learn about Bible believing Christians from how you conduct yourself?

 

This is not an easy way to live. Yet this is exactly how we are called to live our lives. St. Peter speaks to this and says. “But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” (1Pt 1:15) May God strengthen you to live with a Biblical Worldview.

 

Weekly Prayer

  Dear God it is so hard to be a living witness for You.  It is true that all I say, do, or think reflects on You and the importance of Your saving grace in my life.  I pray Lord that you will guide my thoughts, strengthen my faith, govern my actions, so that in all I say and do I bring glory, honor and praise to you my creator, redeemer and Lord.  I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen