Four Life Metaphors that Will Change Your Life
If you were to answer the question “How do you view life?”, you could come up with multiple metaphors that would fit your worldview on life. You may view life as a roller coaster, a puzzle, a maze, a symphony, journey, or dance. I’ve heard some say that life is a game of cards. You have to play the hand you’re dealt with. These metaphors have a profound power on how you live life. If you’d never put serious thought into this idea, I hope this blog post will alter your thinking on life.
In Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life, he says, “The way you see your life shapes your life. How you define life determines your destiny. Your perspective will influence how you invest your time, spend your money, use your talents, and value your relationships.”
It’s indispensable as a Jesus follower that your worldview aligns with the teachings of the Bible which ensures you don’t have a faulty metaphor you live with. The implications of ignoring this could be a matter of life and death. The Christian life can be viewed in primarily four ways: test, trust, temporary assignment, and race.
LIFE IS A TEST
“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” – 1 Corinthians 4:2
There’s a plethora of examples of life being a test. Consider Adam and Eve, Abraham, and David. All of them have been subjected to this godly test. In fact, more than 200 times words like trials; temptations, refining, and testing appear in the Bible. Warren says “Character is both developed and revealed by tests.” All these tests, however, need not be major events. Small events can test your character. With this new perspective, everything, I mean everything, in my life has eternal implications. Whether that may be how I use my money, how I treat people, how I portray myself in both private and public all become a test of my character, faithfulness, integrity, fidelity to Christ. The good news is that, as Warren says, “God wants you to pass the tests of life, so he never allows the test you face to be greater than the grace he gives you to handle them.”
LIFE IS A TRUST
“This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed.” – 1 Corinthians 4:1
Life is a trust. In fact, God has entrusted with us talents, intelligence, opportunities, relationships, and resources. We are called to be a good steward of all of these. At times we fall into the trap of thinking that everything I own is mine. You may say to yourself, “I earned all of this with blood, sweat, and tears.” Look in the book of Genesis When God created Adam and Eve, he entrusted the care of his creation to them and appointed them trustees of his property. The Bible says, “[God] blessed them, and said, `Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge.’ ” (Genesis 1:28)
The culture we live in says, “If you don’t own it, you don’t have any business so no need to take care of it.” But Christians live by a higher standard: “Because God owns it, I must take the best care of it that I can.” 1 Corinthians 4:2 says,“Those who are trusted with something valuable must show they are worthy of that trust.” This new perspective literally changed how I think and behave. No longer did I leave trash anywhere and no longer did I waste every interaction with friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.
LIFE IS TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT
The Bible is filled with teachings on the brevity of life. Warren says, “Life on earth is a small parenthesis of eternity.” In my previous blog, I echoed this idea that life is fleeting. I shared this perspective for Millennials who fall into the deception that life’s way too long and boring. I suggested that if you are currently 25 years old, you have no more than 25 years left to live (not 60 years, assuming you’ll live until 85). This perspective utterly changes our definition of success. Warren said it best. “In God’s eyes, the greatest heroes of faith are not those who achieve prosperity, success, and power in this life, but those who treat this life as a temporary assignment and serve faithfully, expecting their promised reward in eternity.” We are a temporary resident and our real homeland and citizenship belongs to Heaven.
LIFE IS A RACE
“Therefore let us also, having so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, put away every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us and run with endurance the race which is set before us.” — Hebrews 12:1
The Christian walk demands us to be a runner. Every one of us are in a race God has set before us. The race requires the explosiveness of a sprinter and the endurance of a marathon runner. The objective therefore is to win the race. The competition, however, isn’t with fellow Christians, but Satan that tries to ensnare us with his petty tactics. In fact, things like unforgiven sins, anxieties of life and the deceitfulness of fame and wealth weighs us down, making it impossible to run the race. As Christians living in this world and not in a vacuum. What are we to do? How do we stand against the flood of dissoluteness? Where do we find the endurance to press on? We need to focus on the final line.In the Christian race, the final line is to fixate our mind and heart unto Jesus. He is the peerless One. No one can compare with Him. He is like the magnet that draws us away from all other things to Himself. The Word of God and our fellow believers in Christ are essential factors to make us victorious runners of the New Testament race.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
Life is a Test – What happened to me recently that I now realize was a test from God?
Life is a Trust – What are the greatest matters God has entrusted to me?
Life is a Temporary Assignment – How should the fact that life on earth is just a temporary assignment change the way I am living right now?
Life is Race – What unforgiven sins and anxieties in life is preventing you from running the race?