The World Is Upside Down
There are two vastly different kingdoms, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world. Perhaps you have heard someone refer to God or the Kingdom of God as being "upside down.” I understand some people are trying to show how backwards or different things are in the Kingdom of God, but I think God and His Kingdom are the right way and the world and it's systems are what's backwards. The justice of the entire universe comes under Jesus Christ (God) in a way that's counter-culture and strange to this secular world. However, God is just, fair, and true.
The way things were supposed to be can be found at the beginning of the Bible in the Garden of Eden. This is also where God first reveals how different His ways are to the world's secular mindset/worldview. God put Adam in the Garden of Eden after He made him "to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). God told him he could eat from any tree but one, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It's interesting that there was the Tree of Life in the garden as well but God doesn't mention not eating from that tree. In fact, Genesis 3:22 has also been translated that God wanted to make sure that Adam and Eve would not continue to eat from the Tree of Life. God makes Eve from part of Adam and Eve is later questioned by Satan. When Satan questions what God said, Eve does too, and even adds to what God said, adding to not even touch the fruit. We read that she took some fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil when she "saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desireable for gaining wisdom” (Genesis 3:6). It didn't make sense to Eve why God wouldn't allow them to eat the fruit from that tree. They could eat from every other tree so what not that one, especially since it would make them wiser? There are three verses in Proverbs which are very similar, and if something is repreated in the Bible, it is for emphasis:
Proverbs 14:12 - “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
Proverbs 12:15 - “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.”
Proverbs 16:25 - “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
Proverbs primarily contains the wise sayings of Solomon, who according to God was the smartest man who ever lived. If this is repeated so often, and there are other verses that allude to this truth, then we should trust that the contrast between our ways and God's ways is great.LIFE
Life is very different as viewed by God and the world. God created us as primarily eternal spirits but gave us bodies to interact with the physical realm during our short life here. He created scrolls for all of us which reveal His destiny and plan for us, and all of us create a beautiful tapestry of sorts as we are all connected together in and with Christ, and following what is written on our scroll with the help of the Holy Spirit. Life is all about glorifying God, not the vain things the world obsesses over. People lust after power, money, sex and everything else they use to satisfy their desires but they don't realize how much better a genuine relationship with God is. He will give you the true desires of your heart, but according to His will and plans. I honestly don't understand why God makes it so hard to interact with Him in a real relationship. It doesn't take a lot of work to enter into a relationship with God but it takes a lot of work to get to know Him. This strongly contrasts with the relationships we have with each other. Sure it takes work but married people talk to each other, touch, and can truly understand each other. When we carry this over to our relationship with God, we are the Bride and He is the Groom, but it looks quite different, at least to most Christians. We have this short life to enter into this relationship with our Creator and heavenly Father. If we never enter into this relationship (Matthew 7:21-23) and never learn to love God, we can't expect to spend eternity with Him. Yet this world and the enemy the Devil and his fallen ones, make it extremely hard for people to learn the truth about God and who we truly are. Few people are doing what I'm doing and putting this information on the Internet for the world to see. Everyone else is too busy working and doing whatever they feel like doing, mindless of God and what He desires for us. May we all allow the Holy Spirit to adjust our perspectives on life and make God the center of our lives.LOVE
The way God loves and the way the world (and often we) love is admittedly very different.
Jesus loved his enemies and teaches us to love our enemies, but how often do we do this? We are called to the "ministry of reconciliation.” We are told to do good to our enemies, bless them and pray for them. We like to ignore them but Scripturally we cannot. We are compelled by God's Spirit to reconcile and bless them. God's love is so great that while we were sinning, Christ was tortured and died for us.WISDOM
Simply by using "foolish things to confound the wise.” See 1 Corinthians chapters one and two for details. He made the door on salvation so low, only those who humble themselves can enter, and in doing so He filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He sent away empty.
“Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it” (Luke 18:17).TRUE RICHES
Is your trust in your money? Do you consider yourself wise? Are you a proud person? Then your misguided trust and your conceit will keep you from finding what the Scriptures call "treasure in earthen vessels.” Everything that is of value in this life has to be searched out. Gold, silver, diamonds, etc., don’t fall from the sky. You have to dig for them, and just as God has hidden these things in the earth, so He has hidden Himself from humanity, and says, "And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). And why should you search for God? Because He is the source of life itself, and without Him you will lose yours. It’s just a matter of time . . . no matter what you believe.TRIALS
Trials are the same way. Very few people like trials, yet Christians have reason to rejoice over trials, because God is going to do a more significant work than when things are normal. It is an opportunity for you to grow and let God be strong in your life. It's a way to exercise your faith, and faith is what pleases God. Don't you want to please God? Then walk through a trial with faith.THE LOWLY
Why is the Lord so attracted to the lowly? He knows the weaker His servant, the more genuinely he will give glory to God. So the Lord kept Moses weak, and maintained his weakness throughout the wilderness. Forget Hollywood's version of Moses, God never healed the stammer... Who would not be tempted to plead: Hurry Lord - heal his stutter! Yet, the Red Sea parted. God was never troubled by His servant's flawed oratory skills. This is the glory of the cross: self is crucified by it so that Christ may be revealed in power.
Jesus was equal to God, and then he emptied himself and made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.” (Phil. 2:6-11).
“whoever wants to be great would have to be a servant.” (Matt. 20: 26).
“If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)
“the first will be last and the last will be first.” (Matt. 20:16)CONCLUSION
So as you can see, we need to consciously and active work on our mindset, our outlook on life, so it conforms to God's perspective and a Biblical worldview. In Isaiah 55:8-9, God states, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” However, when we are converted Christians and have the Holy Spirit who guides our thinking, when we look at the big picture, with an understanding of Scripture, His ways begin to make sense.
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