Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Matthew 25:21 (NIV)
His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Last week God instructed a pause on this theme so we could pray for our youth. This week we will resume focusing on two topic areas: Seeing Life from God’s View and Life is a Temporary Assignment.
Consider the following:
Rick Warren posed the question, “have you ever paused to consider the you may be basing your life on a faulty metaphor? He encouraged us to be reminded of today’s scripture, and adhere to the three metaphors the Bible offers: Life is a test, life is a trust, and life is temporary.
He suggested while on earth, life is a test because God continually tests people’s character, faith, obedience, love, integrity and loyalty. Warren wrote, “Words like trials, temptations, refining, and testing occur more than 200 times in God’s Word.” For example, we read about success stories of when God tested Abraham by asking him to offer his son Isaac and Jacob to work extra years for Rachel to be his wife. We also read about failed tests, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and King David on several occasions. To take it a step further, God tested the character of Joseph, Ruth, Esther and Daniel and they all passed. You ARE ALWAYS being tested, that is how character is developed and revealed, and God will test us through major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and even senseless tragedies.
Life is a trust because God is entrusting us with all the gifts He bestowed upon us, such as time, energy, intelligence, opportunities, relationships, and resources. Our second scripture lesson spoke to this point, that God wants to give us many things, but it is our duty to show faithfulness over few things.
Life is temporary and God repeatedly reminds us by allowing us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life — longings that will never be fulfilled on this side of eternity. Warren suggests that realizing earth is a temporary assignment should radically alter our values.