The perspective of God is an eternal one and encompasses all of time all at once, something that the natural mind cannot comprehend. However, because of the power of the Holy Spirit, our minds can be transformed from a natural perspective to a spiritual one, more like His, so we can live our lives as Jesus did. Remember, Jesus had the perspective of peace in the storms. Jesus was crucified and His perspective was forgiveness. Jesus heard Lazarus was dead and His perspective was life. Jesus saw a prostitute and His perspective was redemption. Jesus saw the lame, sick and blind and His perspective was healing. Every situation in your entire life can be lived from the perspective of Jesus Christ – if you do what Jesus did.
While He was on earth, Jesus had the mind of God. Not because He was living as God during His time on earth, but because He had “fixed” His mind and heart. Jesus faced every temptation we face because Jesus was born into sin, the same as you and I were, however He was not a sinner. (Hebrews 4:15 & 2 Corinthians 5:21) There is only one way you’re going to navigate this life and not fall into sin- you must have the mind of the Lord and that begins in the heart. “…fix these words of Mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, so that they may be as frontlets between your eyes,” the Lord said in Deuteronomy 11:18.
The best and most effective tool you have to get your mind under control and change your perspective from your own to the Lord’s is to worship.
“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” (Hebrews 3:1, NIV) The best and most effective tool you have to get your mind under control and change your perspective from your own to the Lord’s is to worship. You’re going to face all kinds of situations in your life where you’ll need wisdom, direction and guidance, help, courage and more, but if your mind doesn’t have the perspective of the Lord, you’ll always struggle against your own natural tendencies.
Worship is God-centered because it is ministry to Him. Let everything else go. “Fix” His Word in your heart and soul (the inward reminders) and “bind them as a sign on your hand” (the outward reminders) and minister to the Lord. Take the time to get His perspective and your mind will move from making decisions from a natural perspective to a spiritual one.
Thought for today
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) Here is the Alicia Purdy translation of that verse:
Do not be conformed to the perspective of the world: the way the world rationalizes, makes decisions or figures things out, but transform how you do every, single thing that matters in your life by fixing your mind on Jesus through ministry to Him, and then you’ll get His perspective on all of it so that you can discern every will and desire He has for your life, in every situation.
“Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things. Do those things which you have both learned and received, and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)