Today I was reading the Bible. I was in the letter that Paul wrote to the church at Colossae. I was struck by the verses 15 through 17 in the first chapter.
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together. (NLT)
In Chuck Colson’s book “How Now Shall We Live”, co-authored by Nancy Pearcey they determines that there are three things any worldview must answer:
- Creation-Where did we come from, and who are we?
- Fall- What has gone wrong with this world?
- Redemption- What can we do to fix it?
Christianity is not only a religion but the basis for our worldview. Again in Chuck Colson’s book we read:
The term worldview may sound abstract or philosophical, a topic discussed by pipe smoking, tweed-jacketed professors in academic settings, But actually a person’s worldview is intensely practical. It is simply the sum total of our beliefs about the world, the ‘big picture’ that directs our daily decisions and action.
I agree with this assessment. Your life will look very different if you believe that we arrived on this planet simply by time and chance. On the other hand, if you believe you are the product of a loving Creator who has given purpose to your life, you will live an all together different life.
I believe that we are not wandering generalities with no direction but that we have been sent to planet earth with a plan and a God-given destiny that He wants us to fulfill. This plan begins with understanding that indeed you were created by God! That He wants to live productively through you! He also wants you to understand that, according to the scripture, you were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms139 :14) and again, according to scripture, He has a plan and purpose for your life – a plan with a future and hope (Jer. 29:11).
Let me conclude by asking again, “Do you believe what God says?” Or have you bought into the worldview so prevalent around you?