From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, “perspective” is defined as “the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed,” also known as “point of view.”  In a related definition in the same entry, perspective is defined as “the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance.”  Perspective is the lens through which we view the world and the values and beliefs through which we process what we see.  This perspective or worldview makes all the difference in the world as to how we react to the world.  Those of us who are saved by Jesus tend more and more over a lifetime to take on the perspective or mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5-11 explains the mind of Christ. This passage notes that Jesus was God and knew He was God, yet he humbled himself in His first coming, even making himself obedient to the death that He knew would pay the price for our sins.

It is this perspective of utter and complete humility that we should all strive for, putting to death our pride whenever God convicts us of it.  It will most likely be a lifelong process.  I was never what the world would call a prideful man.  I’ve always tried to put others first.  I’ve never been a braggart.  I’ve always rejected the spotlight, preferring to let others shine instead of me.  Yet, there was still pride in me that God has revealed to me over the years, and I’m sure that God is not done with me yet.  We usually don’t see our own faults because our perspective is so limited when it comes to self-assessment and because most of us turn a blind eye to our faults, not wanting to know that we are flawed.  It usually takes God or even someone else to point out our shortcomings. 

Despite our flaws and the very necessary process of sanctification, we are still very different from the world.  If we observe the people of the world around us and see their attitudes, we will often be amazed at just how self-centered, vicious, deceitful, etc., that they can be and are.  This realization should not, of course, be cause for our own pride because all the work and changes in us are due to the Holy Spirit and not due to our own brilliance.  But our very different perspective and different actions are very important since we are all ambassadors for Christ.  For the spiritually dead people of the world, we may be all of Christ that they may ever see.  So we should be ever mindful of what we do and the example that we set for others every minute of every day. All of our actions at work, out in our neighborhood, in our family, and even while we are driving.  Everything that we do should exemplify the humble, loving Lord that we serve.  But we do not do these things only because someone might be looking, but rather we do them because they are right.  When we walk in love and humility in all areas of our life, we are most like our Lord and most pleasing to our Lord.


What victories or challenges have you had either in changed perspective as the Lord has enlightened you to certain truths or as the Lord has used you to show the world an example of how different Christians are?  I would love to hear from you.     

I pray that you all will have a blessed day, walking in Fellowship with Our Lord.
 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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