The way you see your life shapes your life.
You definition of life determines your destiny. For instance, I see life as a journey that consists of ups, downs, and stability… when I go through several situations; I see that as life, and I have the strength to deal. If you see life as a party, your primary motive may be to have fun (absolutely nothing wrong with that – invite me out sometimes).
Rick Warren explains three metaphors that are the foundation to a purpose-driven life. We tackle today, and the last tomorrow.
Life on Earth is a Test: God tests people’s characters, obedience, and loyalty to Him. In Genesis, he asked Abraham to literally sacrifice His only son to Him! Your true character is developed and revealed by tests. I went through a period where I wanted to tackle my impatience. I started counting in my head etc. I was sure I made progress, and believed I could check off impatience from the list. All it took was Atlanta’s downtown, accident happening, rush-hour traffic… you get the gist.
God watches our response to conflicts, success, people who hurt us, etc. Even emotions we successfully hide, He sees our heart. There are times when we can’t feel God’s presence in our lives, but it will pass, and even that has a purpose. In II Chronicles 32:31b, “God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.” Hezekiah had enjoyed a very close relationship with God, but when God was preparing him for more responsibilities, God wanted to reveal any weakness in Hezekiah by leaving him alone – for a short while. Even when life throws things at you that you don’t know how to handle, let’s remember that God will strengthen us. James 1:12 says, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
Testing can be painful! I can testify to this! Many times, I didn’t come out of my tests strong, actually, I failed too many tests, but the times I did endure, my reward was great.
Life on Earth is a Trust: Our family, relationships, resources, opportunities are all gifts from God. In our time on earth, He is entrusting it to our care. Never see anything as “MY OWN!” It all belongs to God, we are His stewards – He will continue to be Lord over all things. Culture says, ‘if you don’t own it, you won’t take care of it,’ but as Christians, we have a higher standard to live up to. “Because God owns it (your company, your house, your classroom, your car), I must take care of it to the best of my ability.” I know I desire to hear the words quoted from Matthew 25:23 ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
Life is a test and trust, the more God gives you, the more responsibility He expects from you. So if you’re praying for big blessing, show dedication to the small things you handle now.
Food for thought: What has happened to me recently that I now realize was a test from God? What are the greatest matters God has entrusted me with? Have I done my best?