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Life as we know it, began when the Creator revealed Himself in Genesis 1. But today, centuries later our world is slowly falling apart. What once was this perfect, sinless life leaves us all either experiencing losses, facing pain, tragedies, or disappointments that are hard to handle alone. Or more devastating things like earthquakes, flash floods, tornadoes, and a major pandemic. This is just a handful of things happening to us today around the world. And, as sad as all of this is, I believe this does not even compare to how much tribulation is actually in the world today. How has our world drifted so far apart? According to Del Tackett, “A biblical worldview is based on the infallible word of God. When you believe the Bible is entirely true, then you allow it to be the foundation of everything you say and do”. Jesus’ story as a worldview is simple, we can look at his most powerful teachings and learn though his examples. We can remember Jesus through some of the stories or so-called parables when we relate to making good choices, choosing the right relationships, and treating others at Christ would.
We all make choices every day, some may be minor like what to eat for breakfast or maybe what to wear for the day. Some choices are major and could require a lot of thoughts and maybe even prayer. In the Bible, we remember the story in Matthew of Jesus telling us to make a wise choice of the path we follow in this life. Notice, he only gives two choices, the wide way leading to destruction and hell, or the narrow way that leads to heaven. I believe the reason the wide way is easy for people to decide between is because it has no rules. This is the road people believe they can do whatever they want and live however they please. The second way, which is the narrow way does not allow people to bring in souls that still may be unforgiven. Active Christianity says, “It means we have to leave behind everything like relationships that hold us back, status, honor, and pride” (Active Christianity, 3). In John 14:6, Jesus reminded us “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6, ESV). Here we are reminded that there is only one way, one path, one truth, and one life that leads to God and our choices can determine where our lives will end up.
Jesus demonstrated throughout the Bible in many stories how important relationships are to him. He showed the importance of each relationship in what He said and the way He lived his life. In the parable of the prodigal son, we remember a man having two sons, one of which after receiving his early inheritance, set off on his own “to live the good life.” Not long after, we know he ended up paying the price and losing everything he had. Remember, even after the son left home, his father never stopped loving him. Eventually, the son returned, and the father forgives his son for all of the trouble that he had caused. Throughout this story, God demonstrated the same kind of love he has for us. Though at times we start to wander off, God never stops showing his unending love for us. Despite all of the troubles we may cause, he stands with arms wide open to take us in as his very own. God created us to have very close, but personal relationships with Him and everyone else. He gave two great commandments for everyone to follow, the first is to love God with our entire being and the second commandment is to love you neighbor as ourselves.
When it comes to treating others like Christ would, I remember the parable of the Good Samaritan. We as Christians should remember that our neighbors our are heavenly brothers and sisters. In Matthew 7:12, we are reminded of the “golden rule”, the Bible says, “So whatsoever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12, ESV). This parable begins when a Jewish Man started off on a long journey by his self and was attacked by some robbers. They beat him almost to death and left him beside the road. We know then a Levite and a priest, came passing by and pretended they did not see the half-beaten man lying there. Next, comes the Samaritan, and we know the Samaritans and Jews never really considered each other’s neighbors. But instead the Samaritan took care of his bandages and even took him to an inn for the night. Despite what they thought of each other, the Samaritan was able to show the wounded man kindness and mercy. In the end, if a Samaritan could be a friend to a Jew, and we are told to do the exact same, then everyone human must be our friend and we must treat them just as we would want to be treated.
Looking at our world today, and seeing how much tragedy there is, I believe every human cannot help but want to make sure they are making the right choices, choosing their right relationships, and trying to be more Christ like every day. I read an article that stated, “One look at the state of affairs in our country and around the world reveals we may be in the most desperate need of Jesus since the early days of the Civil War”. I feel like in today’s world we, being myself included are so quick to mention God’s name, but when it comes to telling his story we are to slow to act. What better way could we learn from God had to live a life like his, than rather his own stories. If there was one person, I would want to learn from by examples, it would definitely be Jesus. But we have to remember in order to learn and lead from him, we must be living a life for Jesus.
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