As a result of everything that Christ has done for us, in Hebrews 10, we receive a few items that we should be focusing on as we continue trying to live for Him.
Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
This really encompasses our entire lives. Our hearts should be right with God, we should intellectually affirm and understand the profession of our faith, we should meet to do good for those around us and we ought to continue meeting together to provide encouragement for each other.
Christianity is not just something we do on Sunday. We don’t simply go to church to be Christian and do whatever we want the rest of the week. Rather, because it is a worldview, it influences every area of our lives. For example, I read an article yesterday about existence of the Protestant work ethic. That doesn’t surprise me. If work is naturally ordained by God, then it is not surprising whatsoever that Christians in general would be dedicated to it. Why? My faith influences my work along with every other area of my life. It is my way of understanding the world around me.
However, like everyone else, I know there are areas where I do not always allow God into. I don’t always surrender every part of my life to God even though I know I should. Sometimes, I like to do things my own way. That’s where I would like to improve, and maybe you are in a similar situation. We need to work towards honoring Jesus in all parts of our lives.
Worldview is vital. I don’t really know how else to put it. In Romans 12, we find out a little bit of what it means to actually have a Christian worldview.
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Our minds are entirely renewed. That implies a complete process. A Christian worldview does not change our theology. It should change every area of our lives. It is not just another thing that we can throw into our minds as a piece of random trivia. Christianity is more than that. It is more than a collection of facts. In fact, I would argue it is even more than a religion. It is a way of life, and it ought to infiltrate every other area of our lives.
For example, think about going to work. It would be entirely inconsistent for me to profess to be a Christian on Sunday but go to the office and act dishonestly. The Christian worldview would not allow that type of behavior. Being a Christian ought to also direct how I operate in the workplace as well as at church.
Some people want to have a disconnect between the secular and the sacred. Certain things apply to my church life, but they should not apply beyond those walls on days other than Sunday. That simply is not true for the Christian. Christianity is a bigger commitment than that. If we follow Christ, we can follow him on the days when we feel like that.
Although we have all heard the story of building a solid foundation in Luke 6 many times, I think it is important to look at because it emphasizes the importance of a biblical worldview.
Luk 6:47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
Luk 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
Luk 6:49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
The foundation makes a difference. If you start with the right foundation, the house is going to stand. On the contrary, another house may be beautiful and it may be right on the beach, but if it doesn’t have that solid foundation, that beauty is going to fall apart.
That is a biblical worldview is all about. It is about beginning from our bedrock truths taught by Jesus Christ as pointed out in verse 47. If we begin to base our lives on what Jesus Christ taught, we are going to be grounded and strong.
Once we have that foundation of understanding who Jesus Christ is and what that means for our lives and how we ought to live, then we begin building the house. We began adding on cosmological arguments, teleological arguments, arguments from morality and so many other things to begin making the house even bigger. The foundation is still the most important part, but there are other parts of the house, and in this illustration, that can be apologetic arguments, theological truths or other more advanced concepts.
Without the foundation, all of these great arguments and teachings fall apart, but it does not mean they cannot be useful.
Beginning with the foundation will never lead us in the wrong direction. When we are challenged, we will not waver. I think that is what we want.