|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “But if it doesn’t please you to worship the Lord, choose for yourselves today: Which will you worship – the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living? As for me and my family, we will worship the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You are responsible for your worldview”
Each of us is personally responsible for our mindset. Our perspective on things, the way in which we choose to view the world around us, and the way in which we choose to approach life, is all up to us. This is often referred to as our “worldview”.
A worldview is an all-encompassing perspective on everything that matters. It represents our most fundamental beliefs about the most important questions regarding God, creation, human existence, values, ethics, and morals. It’s the lens through which we view and understand the world around us, and it’s the basis upon which we make our decisions about what is right and wrong and how we will conduct ourselves in this world.
The problem is that many people don’t think through, at a deep level, what their worldview is and why they believe it to be correct and good. Many people simply drift along with the cultural tide, and they end up conforming to the pressures put upon them by society to think and act in certain ways. In other words, they allow their worldview to be defined for them by the culture.
For Christians our worldview, our system of values, ethics, and morals, has been worked out for us by God. In the Bible God gives us the framework within which we are to view, evaluate, understand, and interact with the world around us. Therefore, we compare everything we hear and observe against what the Bible says, and then we make decisions about right and wrong, and about our own behavior, based upon what the Bible says not on what the culture says.
That was exactly the point Joshua was making to the Jews in Joshua 24:15 (above). He told them that they could base their worldview and their behaviors on what they were seeing and hearing from the culture around them if they wanted to, but as for him and his family, “we will worship the Lord.” Joshua had a choice to make regarding his worldview, and he decided that his would be Biblical. He chose a God-honoring worldview based upon God’s commandments.
How about you? Where does your worldview come from? Make no mistake, you do have one (whether you’ve thought it through at a deep level or not), and you are fully responsible for it. If you are a committed disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ than you should be living with a Biblical worldview. (By the way, regular attendance in a good church goes a long way towards helping to form and maintain an accurate and dependable Biblical worldview. I hope to see you on Sunday!)
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