I have been thinking a lot recently about the power of perspective. It occurs to me that our perspective shapes our response to any given issue.
Regularly I hear this phrase spoken by leaders “To be honest from my perspective …” and what follows is their definitive conclusion about the issue and the course action they intend to take, which also includes taking no action!
Our perspective is an expression of our ‘worldview’. Chuck Swindoll in his classic book ‘How Now Shall We Live” described a worldview in practical terms as “the sum total of our beliefs about the world, the ‘big picture’ that directs our daily decisions and actions”. There are many factors that frame our perspective: doctrine, culture, history, experience and even media, to name a few. But regardless of our perspective we have to ask the question is our perspective right? Is it possible, that regardless of how convinced we are, that we could be wrong?
God longs to intervene in our daily decisions with His perspective. Jesus continually asked His disciples questions designed to provoke new thinking in line with His Kingdom perspective. Isaiah 55 records ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts’
When it comes to the progress of our local church, to our ministry, to our leadership, to fulfilling the great commission, or to the eternal destiny of our nation, we need to think higher! We need to have God’s perspective!
How can our perspective change? I believe it starts by asking God a new set of questions about the issues we face. Furthermore by embracing His promises in the scriptures, by seeking fresh revelation by His Spirit in prayer, by challenging the status quo and by embracing new challenges.