Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
How do you see your life? You will discover that there are as many different answers to that question as there are people. I’ve been told life is a circus, a minefield, a roller coaster, a puzzle, a symphony, a journey, and a dance. People have said, “life is a carousel: Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down, and sometimes you just go round and round.”
If I asked how you picture life, what image would come to your mind? That image is your life metaphor. For instance, if you think life is a party, your primary value in life will be having fun. If you see life as a race, you will value speed and will probably be in a hurry much of the time. If you see life as a battle or a game, winning will be very important to you.
The Bible offers three metaphors that teach us God’s view of life: Life is a test, life is a trust, and life is a temporary assignment.
Life on earth is a test. God continually tests people’s character, faith, obedience, love, integrity, and loyalty. Words like trials, temptations, refining, and testing occur more than 200 times in the Bible.
Life on earth is trust. Our time on earth and our energy, intelligence, opportunities, relationships, and resources are all gifts from God that he has entrusted to our care and management. This concept of stewardship begins with the recognition that God is the owner of everything and everyone on earth.
Life on earth is a temporary assignment. Repeatedly the Bible compares life on earth to temporarily living in a foreign country. This is not your permanent home or final destination. You’re just passing through, just visiting earth.
Life is a test and a trust, and the more God gives you, the more responsible he expects you to be. And remember, you are not home yet.
( From ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ by Rick Warren )