4 Indications of Proper Perspective

sky-nature-d2001I’ve been looking for a new perspective. Well, maybe not new perspective but a unique perspective. I’ve gotten glimpses before but the challenge has always been to stay there. I want to view things from there, choose from there, enjoy there and dwell there.

I tend to view things in finite, absolute terms. I limit a complete understanding by attempting to apply my limited perspective to an eternal universe of possibilities. There are absolutely times for absolutes and there are many times for consideration of another possibility.

Ephesians 2:6 says that we are seated in a place from which we can enjoy a unique and fresh perspective. “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” While we know that physically we are not yet in Heaven, the spiritual promise and reality if we have given our lives over to Jesus is that we can see things from His perspective here and now. I’m not sure I even try to most of the time.

I want to see things from the place I’ve been afforded by Jesus and frankly don’t know how. I am so much more dependent on the limited grace of my limited perspective. I’m working through how to see things like He sees them; with His eyes and from His perspective. A few indicators that my line of sight agrees with His seem to be:

  1. The Value of Relationship – God wants relationship. When I am seeing things from His perspective, I will choose my options in a way that preserves relationship.
  2. A Heart of Honor – God honors us because of Who He is, not because we deserve it. He commissions us despite our flaws and when my perspective is similar, I see others with honor and not judgment of their flaws.
  3. A Secure Place – God sees us as sons and daughters if we are in Christ. When we know our place in His family, we do not fear for lack of protection, provision or promotion but trust the Father with our needs.
  4. Abundant Grace – He loves us, forgives us and receives us. We don’t need to cloud the lens from which we see with guilt or shame that He doesn’t agree with.

I don’t get it most of the time. Today my prayer has been simple; “God, help me to see things from Your perspective. Help me to see things from the place you’ve made for me in You.” From that perspective, I will naturally act and react in a way that is consistent with the role of an ambassador and welcome Heaven to earth.

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