How we view the world changes as we change. Everything we encounter changes our view of the world, events, people, relationships, places and even of God. We see things through the eyes of our personal perspective. Our perspective can be in line with scripture or it can be out of line with scripture. Two believers can have a scriptural perspective and yet see things differently because of their individual experiences; creating their unique and personal perspective. Our perspective will constantly change because we will change. Keeping a “God’s eye view” of life will remain essential as you view the world at 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80+.
In this message I want to talk about perspective and more specifically gaining a godly perspective on our lives. The Holy Spirit lives inside of each of us and we have access to His perspective on everything we encounter 24/7/365.
Perspective – noun
1. The state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship
2. The faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship
3. A mental view or prospect
One of the most challenging biblical perspectives in a temporal world is that of eternity. The brevity of our earthly existence in comparison to the timelessness of eternity is almost impossible for us to place into perspective because we have no frame of reference for eternity. Everything we have ever known has existed in time and can be measured by clocks and calendars. The reality that we will never die and that life will be lived eternally causes the brain to overload (at least my brain). It is for this reason that we plead with unbelievers to receive Christ that they may avoid spending an eternity separated from Him in the Lake of Fire.
Harriet Beecher-Stowe added a verse to John Newton’s “Amazing Grace” that helps put some perspective on eternity:
When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.
The challenges and circumstances of the present must be placed into the perspective of heaven and the perspective of eternity. Our lives are eternal and the experience we have here on the earth is briefest portion of our life.
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. As the Scriptures say,
“People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And that word is the Good News that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:23-25)
Take whatever is happening in your life and compare it to eternity. There is nothing on this earth that can compare in value to eternity. There is no victory, relationship, possession, activity or accomplishment that we can celebrate in the perspective of eternity. There is no failure, struggle, trial or persecution that seems weighty in the perspective of eternity. It is our eternal perspective that produces both faith (faithfulness) and holiness in the present. We are not living for today – we are living for eternity and it is our eternal perspective that draws us closer to Jesus Christ and further away from the things of this world.
All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:13-16)
We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. (1 Chronicles 29:15)
Life is eternal – this is the message of the gospel. Jesus redeemed us so that our eternity would be with Him:
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Explain the power of God to me. You and I can only begin to describe that which we know. The definition of omnipotent is “all powerful”. We struggle with the power of God because our ability to comprehend is limited. Our imagination is limited. Our brains are limited. Our senses are limited. God has none of these limitations. The only limit God has placed upon Himself is His Word. The apostle Paul tries to give us some perspective on the power of God:
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:19-21)
Whatever we can imagine – God is capable of. There is nothing beyond His ability. There is nothing outside of His knowledge. There is nothing outside of His presence. He loves us more than we can understand and He is able to accomplish more than we can imagine.
This can change your perspective on prayer and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Our faith is typically bound to what we believe God can and will do. We only ask for that which we believe is possible. Most of us have a border drawn around God and His ability. God has placed no such restrictions.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” (Matthew 7:7-11)
There is nothing outside of God’s ability. There is no prayer request too large, great or over-the-top. There is nothing that we can ask for that will cause God to break a sweat. His is omnipotent – we can have great confidence that everything we imagine and ask for is possible. Allow your perspective to change. Allow God’s omnipotence to be your point of reference. Allow God’s omnipotence to be the basis of your prayer. It is never a question of God’s ability – it is only a question of our faith, our belief that He can and will do that which we ask.
Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. (James 4:2)
Who are you in relationship to God? What is your perspective on the relationship? What is your level of access to God? Are you the worm? Are you the servant? Are you the adopted child? Are you accepted or are you earning His approval? Your perspective on your relationship with God will determine many things in your life. As in everything our perspective should be biblical.
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. (Romans 8:15-17)
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir. (Galatians 4:4-7)
You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. (John 15:14-16)
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16)
Holiness and sanctification are always required elements of our lives, but it is the grace of God and the blood of Jesus Christ that have made us children of God. The New Covenant is better because of the relationship and the access provided through grace. We are no longer standing with a veil between us and God. We are adopted into the family of God and have access, relationship and privilege as a result of our adoption.
Allow this to change your perspective. There is no question of love. There is no question of acceptance. There is no question of worth. There is no question of relationship.
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)
You are an eternal being. God is omnipotent and you are His child by adoption as a result of your faith in Jesus Christ. This is a major part of the Christian perspective.
Allow the trials and struggles of your present to be viewed in the perspective of eternity. Allow your faith to expand upon the perspective of God’s omnipotence. Allow your walk with Christ to take on a deeper dimension as you place your relationship with Him into a biblical perspective.
There are many other things we could write about concerning a Christian perspective and worldview but we must first deal with ourselves and our relationship with God.
You and I will change with age, circumstances and experiences; God never will. His perspective on us remains constant. Our view of Him needs to constantly increase.
O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:3)
Magnification does not change an object it merely changes our perception. May the Lord be magnified in all of our lives and may our perspective constantly shift towards reality. May we see Him as He is and understand His love and call upon our lives.