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Anticipation- Secular View vs. Biblical Worldview

05/27/2012

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an·tic·i·pa·tion

an-ˌti-sə-ˈpā-shən

1

a : a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later actionb : the act of looking forward; especially : pleasurable expectation

2

: the use of money before it is available

3

a : visualization of a future event or stateb : an object or form that anticipates a later type

Who hasn’t anticipated something exciting that you have planned? Everyone I know, including myself has. There really isn’t anything wrong with it, depending on what the event is. After seeing the above clip this morning on CBS Sunday Morning, my Biblical Worldview alarm went off in my head.

Did you notice in the clip the “happiness” level of both groups (those that took a vacation and those that didn’t) was at the same level after the vacation was complete? This really shouldn’t be a surprise if both individuals are not Christians. That’s what I saw. Why did I see that? Because the greatest anticipation for Christians is the return of our King in all His glory. Take a look at Romans 8:18-25 — For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

The Christian’s anticipation of Jesus’ return should trump all worldly anticipating. Period. Can you see then, the difference between having a Biblical Worldview and a secular one? Our Hope is ever before us and gives us a joyous spirit in sweet anticipation of our adoption as sons (Galatians 4:5-7). You can have your worldly “happiness.” I’ll take my joyous Spirit any day. I see people every day without hope. I see them looking forward to the next “big thing” to happen in their lives. I see them ride the roller coaster up to the top and when the “big thing” happens, I see them ride it down to the bottom again as well so they can wait for the next “big thing” and so on. When you have a Biblical Worldview and your joy is in Christ your focus isn’t trained on worldly pleasures. Your focus is glorifying Him who by His grace, saved you from your sin and eternal conscious torment, through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, alone. I pray that your worldview becomes increasingly Biblical. If you are not saved or you’re wondering if you are, DON’T WASTE ANY MORE TIME, and find a Bible believing church elder to speak with about it. If I can help you in any way, please let me know.

 

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