May 31, 2018

Revelation 2:9 (NLT) — 9 “I know about your suffering and your poverty—but you are rich! I know the blasphemy of those opposing you. They say they are Jews, but they are not, because their synagogue belongs to Satan.

Perspective = a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view. Some synonyms of perspective are outlook, view, approach, stand, attitude and interpretation.

Some people look at a glass that is filled to the half way point and they will say that the glass if half full. Others look at it and say that the glass is half empty. It is a matter of perspective.

To some people sex is just an exchange of bodily fluids between two people. To others it is ‘just sex’. And to some sex should only take place in the context of marriage between husband and wife. It is a matter of perspective

Some people believe that homosexuality is just fine. After all you can choose whom you fall in love with. Some believe the homosexual marriage should be normal because if you are in love you ought to be able to get married. Others believe that homosexuality is just plain wrong. Others don’t care. It is a matter of perspective.

In most of our public schools it is taught that a family may consist of a male and female as parents or two males or two females as parents and of course in the case where a spouse has died the family will consist of the surviving spouse and the children. Other people believe that a good family consists of a father and a mother. It is a matter of perspective.

Some people believe that the Bible contradicts it self and is full of fairy tale stories. Others believe it contains the word of God and still others believer that it is the inspired Word of God. It is a matter of perspective.

Some people believe that are basically good. Others believe that we are desperately sinful and we deserve hell. It is a matter of perspective.

There are people who believe that there is no hell; others believe that there is a hell and there are some who are not sure and they have a hard time believing that a loving God could send anyone there. It is a matter of perspective.

In our above verse when the people of Smyrna looked at Christians they saw people that had no resources and no bank accounts, they were poor and were only good for picking on and persecuting. When Christ looked at them he saw a rich beautiful people! It was a matter of perspective.

When things in life matter for eternity it is best to get the perspective of the one who is the creator of all things including eternity and who has the power to determine where each individual who has ever lived will spend that eternity. Certainly there are some things where our perspective will not matter for eternity. My perspective was not to spend ten million dollars on a library in Fergus Falls. Others, who got there way, wanted the library. Either perspective will not have eternal implications. But when it comes to moral values, which were in most of my examples in the above paragraphs, they have eternal implications.

Like the people in Smyrna I want God’s perspective to be the rule in my life.

Luke 12:5 (NLT) — 5 But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear.

Exodus 15:11 (NLT) — 11 “Who is like you among the gods, O Lord— glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, performing great wonders?

Colossians 2:2–3 (NLT) — 2 I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. 3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Christ has all wisdom and knowledge. His is the perspective that we want. People may not think much of me or you but Christ’s perspective is that he is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters. If he isn’t ashamed of me or you then let’s not be ashamed of us either regardless of someone else’s perspective of us.

Hebrews 2:11 (NLT) — 11 So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.

Hebrews 11:16 (NLT) — 16 But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

That city is our eternal destiny because of God’s perspective.

Be Inspired Hilltop!