Perspective. It really is everything. And our mind is the filter for it. Do you have a Kingdom mentality, or an earthly mentality? Jesus Himself said that we would indeed have trouble in this world, but to take heart, because HE has overcome the world (John 16:33)! Too often, we become consumed with our circumstances, our trials, our insecurities, our dreams and desires, and even the blessings and trials in the lives of the people around us. Rather than throwing off that which so easily entangles us on earth and fixing our eyes solely on the eternal – Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2), we fix our eyes on the things of the flesh which, as Scripture says, so “easily entangles us.”
So what does this mean to you and me? We need a change of perspective, and this happens from the inside out, through a transformation of the mind.
Did you wake up inside this morning protected from the wind and pouring rain? Someone slept under a bridge last night and their only set of clothes, the ones they were wearing, are soaked from the elements. Did you have something to eat or drink for breakfast? Someone has gone hungry for days because they are giving up their physical needs so that their children’s bellies don’t go hungry. Do you have a few dollars in your bank account? Someone has no idea how they will pay their mortgage or utility bill, let alone buy groceries or Christmas presents. Do you have a spouse, children, family or friends you share life with? Someone is grieving their broken home or the unexpected loss of a loved one and wondering how they will cope with living life alone. Did you go to work today? Someone would jump at the chance to sit at your desk and work at the job that you daily loathe. Are you in decent health? Someone is facing another day today with a terminal diagnosis or prolonged recovery from illness. Do you have hopes and dreams for your life? Someone would love to be living your current reality, for to them, your life IS a dream, one that may never come true for them.
Although we each live our own unique lives characterized by obstacles and trials that are exclusive and significant to us that aren’t to be minimized through rose-colored glasses, we must also balance them with the blessings given us by God in equal measure. Though the weight of our challenges may overcome the weight of our blessings, they are small in comparison to the measure of them. So while our circumstances may not change, our answered prayers may seem slow in coming, and our mountains seem impossible to be moved, rest assured that we have at our disposal Jesus’ resurrection power and the equipping of the Holy Spirit to change the one component of our lives we do have the ability to impact – our perspective.
Romans 12:2 (NLT) says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” And 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (MSG) says, “The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.”
When our thoughts are taken captive unto Truth and our mind has been transformed by God, our words, attitudes, behaviors – and perspectives – will all be transformed as well. While everything around us might not change, and we are still living life amidst obstacles and trials, everything appears differently to our mind’s eye…because amidst the chaos, WE have been changed. And sometimes that’s exactly what He desires to accomplish.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” – Romans 12:2 (NLT)
“The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (MSG)
What thoughts are repeatedly damaging your perspective? What emotions threaten your Kingdom mentality? Spend a few minutes surrendering them to Christ’s authority, and notice the heavy yoke upon your shoulders growing instantly lighter. Then, take an inventory of God’s blessings, faithfulness and provision in your life in spite of your circumstances, and in spite of your usual perspective. Our God is a good God, and through Him, we have already overcome all that the enemy strives to entangle us with! May you walk through today with a fresh perspective of all that God is able to do through, and in, your life!
Are you ready to change your view? Spend a few minutes worshiping as you listen to a song by Meredith Andrews and today, become a catalyst for change in your own life and the lives of others. As you worship, declare to God, let it “start with me!”
“Start With Me” by Meredith Andrews: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4izl8DjGHQ