Perspective Changes Things

October 17, 2011

I have recently moved to a new town to answer the call for the Student Minister position of a congregation in Southern Missouri. It is turning out to be a great decision! As part of this job I have office hours to do, which works out perfectly because I have an office. I really like this room.

It doesn’t have any windows to the outside world (but that is probably okay since I would just get distracted and if  I am really craving sunlight the door to outside is real close). The last Student Minister had painted the bottom half of the room a purpulish color, and the top half grey. Why these two colors together? Who knows! When I moved in there was a beautiful desk that was built into the wall and a beautiful shelf (it was all made by a man who comes to the church). Even with its flaws (mostly the paint) I LOVED this room. To me it stood for the work I would accomplish. The lives that will change as a result of God working in them. It was a place to get studying and planning done.

It did not seem to resemble that to many other people who passed by. I repeatedly received comments about how empty the room was. They made remarks about how this or that needed to happen so that it would look like an office.

It is amazing how perspective changes things! Have you ever found yourself viewing a situation differently than those around you? Perhaps you decided to move to a place where you do not yet have a job secured but everyone else has told you it was a bad idea. Maybe your family is pushing you to start a family but your view on life is just a little different. There are so many examples and I am sure if you take just a moment to think about it you will think of an example in your own life, either past or present.

God’s perspective is a bit different as well. It is actually incredibly different. Let’s take a moment to look at some examples.

God loves His enemies. Think for a moment about your life before becoming a Christian. You did not do the things a Christian would do. You did not live according to God’s word. In fact you lived opposed to it. In the book of Romans 5:10 Paul goes as far to call us enemies, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Instead of just killing us off or letting us all suffer in Hell, God put a plan into action to save us. To save His enemies! He LOVED us so much to send Jesus to die (John 3:16). He did not despise us, He did not just tolerate us, He loved us.

God forgives wrongs done. How easy is it for us to hold onto what someone has done to us in our past? We feel that if we actually forgive them then they have won. Forgiving them would be letting that person off the hook somehow. God does not see it that way. The Bible says that every single one of us has sinned yet Jesus still died for us. Jesus died so that we could be forgiven. We still need to admit that we have sinned and we need forgiven. God is just waiting though, it is not as if He is holding it up away from us. He completely forgives! He gives us an opportunity to start new and not have to feel guilty any longer for those sins. They are erased.

God is just. This is a difficult one sometimes to accept. God has a way of doing things that we do not completely understand. We do know that we need to accept His ways and follow after Him. If we do not then we will be judged accordingly. Sin separates us from God. As we have already seen, it puts us at odds with God. There is life after death (we are taught that in the Scriptures), and when someone does not follow after God in the ways He has laid out for us that person is condemned. So often it does not seem fair, but really it would be unfair of God to go against His nature. It would be unfair for Him to abandon His holiness because mankind is too self-absorbed and full of pride to accept His ways.

Does this last point bother you? Are you wondering about those who have never heard about the saving news of Jesus? If it has stirred your heart then what are you doing about it? How can someone sit and do nothing if it really bothers them? If it troubles you that someone may not get to spend eternity with God because they have not heard then do something about it! GO! As we are told in Scripture “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Help your fellow workers and tell the world about God’s wonderful love! Tell them that God loves them even though they have not loved God and He will forgive their wrongs. He can make them new! “Make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

How has it changed your life to be forgiven? What are you doing to make sure others know about God’s forgiveness for them?


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