A worldview, simply put, is the way in which a person views the world and everything/everyone in it. A worldview is your personal framework of attitudes about life. Your worldview determines how you view people. It determines how you view people who are not part of your tribe. Your worldview determines your standards and values, what’s acceptable and what’s not, what’s right and what is wrong. Or if there is a right and wrong.
As followers of Jesus, we aim to view life as God views life which requires a massive, intentional and daily shift in perspective from our natural tendencies (Romans 12:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 5:16). What’s tragic is when a follower of Jesus by name rejects the mind of Christ in practice. When that happens, those who look to that person for influence and leadership, lose.
If you’re a coffee drinker, you know all about filters. Think of your worldview as a filter through which all information and life experiences pass. Developing a Christian worldview occurs through knowing, understanding, and correctly applying Biblical truth. God’s wisdom, if we welcome it, filters away the residue that can slow you down and dim your influence. “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11)
The next time you make your morning coffee, ask yourself, “How’s my filter doing?” You don’t want grounds in your coffee cup, and you don’t want the negative, cynical, and hopeless views of this world creeping into your life either.
My own worldview begins with these rich statements from Scripture: “For God so loved the world (even Me!) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind & strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.”
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