Perspective is weird, isn’t it?
I’m no scientist, so I don’t even pretend to understand it, but it freaks me out.
It amused my wife greatly when I leapt up from my chair the other evening, batting away what I thought was a giant eight-legged monstrosity, but turned out to be a tiny spider that I’d spotted in the corner of my eye. The reality of the situation had been radically different from my perception of it.
And this happens often in life. Scrolling through social media, we see snapshots of people’s lives through filters that make them look better, sunnier and happier than perhaps they really are. The reality of the world and our view of it can often be out of sync.
This is at the heart of the Christian story in many ways. Disconnected from God, we struggle to see the world as it really is. We walk through life as if we are at the center, rather than God. With the wrong focus, we act in selfishness and sin.
But as Christians, know that God is at the centre. We trust that His perspective is the true one – and it’s more authentic, just and beautiful than our ‘fake’ one will ever be!
So let’s re-center our perspective to put God at the center. Let’s walk through life in light of who He is and all that He has done for us.
And how do we do this?
With God’s help.
Who God is and all that He has done is gloriously brought into focus when we look at Christ’s life, death and resurrection.
Jesus’ death on the cross tore through the barriers between ourselves and God. Now, we can come before Him. There, His Spirit moves within us, to open our hearts to ‘the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power towards us’ (Ephesians 1). He reveals to us the depths of our need for Him (Colossians 1), but even more the wonder of His love and grace towards us (Ephesians 3). He helps us see without a filter. He helps us see reality – and what a wonderful reality it is!
In the mad build-up to mission week, and in light of the very long to-do list you’ve probably got in front of you, it’s vital that we fix our eyes on Christ.
Why not put your phone down, ask God to realign your vision and hopes with His own, and pray that others would come to see Him too.
Nathan Jarvis is a former CU Staff Worker in East Anglia.