As we develop a biblical/Christian worldview, and lead others to do the same, there are certain principles to keep in mind.
- Working with or working for God!
It is important to encourage others in their understanding and faith to believe. We are to help them place their trust in God and His Word. This cannot be accomplished by creating a religious system of rules and regulations for them to follow. Instead, our primary goal as pastors and leaders is to help others enter into a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. Of course, we must have that relationship with Christ as well!
A relationship implies working together with God. He desires to work in us, His sons and daughters. We cooperate with this process by yielding to the work of the Holy Spirit in our personal lives, as well as in the church. In this sense, we are partnering with God (John 15:15).
In contrast, the idea of working for God implies the employer/employee relationship, or a master/servant relationship. As believers, we are sons and daughters of the King – His friends and not servants (John 15:9-17). We gladly serve Him, but out of love and relationship. Our citizenship is from Heaven and we are ambassadors for our King!
- As a man thinks…
It is not what you say, but what you really believe that determines who you are: “For as [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he” (Prov 23:7).
Many of the tests in life that God allows us to experience have one primary purpose: To confirm or deny that what we say we believe is in fact what we do believe (John 6:6, Deut 8:2).
Our actions speak louder than words. God is not looking for men and women who simply know the truth, but for those who will also do the truth. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall” (Matt 7:26,27).
Our actions must be aligned with biblical principles. It has been said that as a man thinks, he will develop an action; as a man acts, he will develop a habit; as a man develops that habit, he will develop character; as a man develops character, he will develop a destiny. Our ultimate destiny is to be “conformed to the image of [Christ]” (Rom 8:29).
3. “Amen”, or Agreeing with God
It is important to examine what we believe, and then discern what does or does not align with the Word of God. God’s Word, the Bible, is the foundation upon which we build our core beliefs. That which God accepts, we must accept. That which God rejects, we must reject. We must agree (or “amen”) with Him (Amos 3:3).
There will be times when our personal experience or secular training will conflict with our understanding of what the Bible requires of us. It is during these times that our faith is tested.