Today’s chapter is titled, “Seeing Life from God’s View.” I really enjoyed this chapter. I think it was because it was a nice confirmation on something that I know but am also working on. In a sense of, “yes I agree! I needed that extra encouragement and thank the Lord I’m not crazy for thinking this way.”
Again a chapter where this is sooooo much I wish I could share. I guess I should just say I highly recommend this book to anyone. The book gives a lot to ponder and consider, gives a lot of good information but is not over demanding of your time i.e. chapters are short and you can spend as much or as little time as you want/need to absorb the information. This latter part makes this book great for busy people on the go.
Back to chapter five, my love of the chapter started when I was watching the intro video (a new version of the book is QR Enhanced with links to extra videos). Rev. Warren shared in his comments:
some things have to be seen before it is believed and some things have to be believed before they are seen.
This chapter focuses on the idea of a life metaphor and how that affects how people live their lives. He starts by sharing common metaphors people use to live their lives and then he shares that we need to use God’s metaphor to live our lives.
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. The Bible says, “Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God.”
From here he shares that there are three aspects to God’s metaphor and shares two of them in the fifth chapter. While expounding on one of these metaphors Rev. Warren shared something that highlights why I am an environmentalist and even though I believe Jesus is coming soon I also believe we shouldn’t “help” him along so much by destroying/not carrying for the planet.
The first job God gave humans was to manage and take care of God’s “stuff” on earth. This role has never been rescinded. It is a part of our purpose today. Everything we enjoy is to be treated as a trust that God has placed in our hands.
In a time when people are questioning the connection between religious leaders and people and wealth, I personally don’t have a problem with it unless it is a problem for the productivity of a leader. Frankly, I wish the church would gather more wealth and use it in a way to help support each other through the creation of Christ centered businesses. I would love to go to a bank that understood the importance of tithing that could send my tithe to the church for me or something like it. Anyway, I am digressing so here is the statement on money that I was referring to:
Most people fail to realize that money is both a test and a trust from God. God uses finances to teach us to trust him, and for many people, money is the greatest test of all. God watches how we use money to test how trustworthy we are. The Bible says, “If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?
Five Days down! Thirty-five Days to go!