So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. - Colossians 3:1-2 (MSG)
What a great reminder for the start of the week. With every worry, hardship, responsibility, and relationship we have to juggle we are called to have the perspective of Christ.
Why? Because, when we don't this world can seem overwhelming and has the power to pull us into its madness quickly. We become absorbed, obsessed, almost robotic in our approach to everyone and everything around us.
The resurrected life we have in Christ should be different. He has called us to something more. He's given us a new name - we are adopted into his family - the old is gone - the new perspective of hope is within reach. It has the power to lift our heads - just ever so slightly to see beyond the craziness of life and remind us of the promises of heaven. Remind us that heaven is our home and that this life is temporary. And with it being temporary our perspective must be the same as Christ's.
And what was his perspective? To engage the world and speak to the hearts and minds of everyone he encountered. He knew his time here on earth was temporary and he set out to make a difference. To show love, grace, and mercy. To turn the world on its head by turning the other cheek. To give hope to the lost - sight to the blind - and bring grace and love to an unforgiving world.
I am convicted today to put this life into proper perspective. To check my priorities - evaluate all that I pursue - to guard heart and mind from all that would take me away from Christ. I'm convicted to bring all that I am anxious about and striving to achieve and put it squarely before Christ. I'm convicted to take myself less seriously and the work Christ has called me to more seriously.
Jesus, help me to see the world through your eyes. Help me to remember this life is temporary and that my treasure is in heaven with you. Holy Spirit fill me with the desire, faith, and courage to disciple - to share your story - to love. Father, draw me close this week, be my rock and my salvation - show the me divine appointments and give me the words to speak truth and grace into each of those moments, Amen.
Questions to Consider:
- What things or people in this world do you allow to control you perspective?
- Is the culture you are creating at home or at work one where people see the love, grace, and mercy of Christ?
- What area of your life do you need to surrender to Christ's perspective today?
Make it a great day!