Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
As believers, everything we do, everything we think, everything we say, everything about everything occurs under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. There is nothing that is outside of that realm. This also means that everything we observe, read and experience are to be assessed, interpreted and evaluated under that same Lordship of Christ.
Paul exhorts believers to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 10:3). Elsewhere he states that we are to do everything to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31).
The heart of this thinking is a biblical worldview and the heart of this life is living under the Lordship of Christ, a disciple living a life of discipleship.
Recently Drew Dyke shared how he approached this. Each day as he stopped by Starbucks he was treated to coffee and an Oprah Winfrey quote. This went on for a number of days, and he felt himself getting progressively frustrated by the emptiness of these self-exalting expressions. Then it struck him: since he is an editor, why not edit the statements made by Oprah. Rooted in a biblical worldview under the Lordship of Christ, he made the following changes on a few of the quotes:
Be more splendid. Be more extraordinary. Use every moment to fill yourself up.
Be more splendid humble. Be more extraordinary. Use every moment to fill empty yourself up.
Your life is big. Keep reaching.
Your life is big small. Keep reaching serving.
Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose.
Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose ruin if that’s all you follow.
How about you? How do you interpret, respond and live in this world, but not of this world? How do you live the biblical worldview under the Lordship of Christ, and how do you impart that to others?