One of the most effective things you can do when you are on your journey of faith is fight to maintain your perspective. We humans have a temporal perspective of the things going on in our lives and as a result, we tend to overemphasize those experiences as being “real” when God’s perspective is entirely different. The Lord has an eternal perspective and He sees everything at once – how it all fits together, how it will all work out and what will happen along the way while we fret and fight over it all. In everything you face in life, good things, bad things and just ordinary things, seek the perspective of the Lord as you walk them out. Perspective will help you stay on the right path and keep you from getting caught up in what you see, the temporary things that would burden you to you can focus on the eternal things that God sees, and it will help you have His perspective on things.
In the Word of God, we are told to “fix” our eyes on Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2, NIV), to help with this. “…fix your gaze directly before you,” says Proverbs 4:25. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Everyone has experiences in life that cause a shift in perspective – and that can be a good thing or a bad thing, but the important thing is that you have God’s perspective and not your own.
When you read the word “fix” – you think “focus” – as most people do – but I want to share a different perspective with you. When you read “fixed”, try reading it this way: “repair” or “renew“. When you “fix” (focus) your eyes on Jesus, you will find your perspective is “fixed” (repaired) in the areas of life that you wrestle with. So often it is perspective that is the cause of much of life’s drama – your perspective of a situation against that of another person’s perspective of the same thing. If you want to “fix” your perspective in life, you’ll definitely need to keep your eyes on Jesus, but when emotions are raging, that feels almost impossible – except that it’s not. How do you keep your literal eyeballs on Jesus, the invisible God? (Colossians 1:5) By looking at His Word. Jesus Christ is the Word of God. (John 1:1-5)
It is absolutely possible to live a life fixed from pain of the past; fixed from the fear of the future; fixed from the trauma of negative words spoken against you; fixed from rejection; fixed from bitterness; fixed from unforgiveness; fixed from addiction; fixed from anger… FIXED. Can you imagine a world in which all believers have the perspective that God has of our lives?
Thought for today
Everyone has experiences in life that cause a shift in perspective – and that can be a good thing or a bad thing, but the important thing is that you have God’s perspective and not your own. “Fix“ your eyes – on Jesus. A godly perspective is only found one way: Through the person of Jesus Christ. The places you’ll find God are in His Word, in His presence (worship) and in prayer. All three of these are like the legs of a stool – you need all three for balance and stability in your life. Many people have the discipline to get into the Word or to get into prayer, while worship – ministry to the Lord – is something left to Sundays. Ministry to the Lord is the sole purpose of worship – not ministry to us. And as you minister to Him, you empower and invite His presence to do what He knows you need. If you’re having problems with perspective – you can fix that! “Fix” your eyes – on Jesus!
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