Today, I’m really focusing on the idea of perspective.
Perspective really does shape our lives and it is important to understand what defines and controls it. It’s a powerful influence on the way we think, make decisions, and treat others. When my perspective is in relation to those who have more, better, cooler stuff for instance, I may tend to focus on and view my stuff as not enough or even utter the words “I’m broke.” Yet, in relation to those who really are poor in the world, my focus may be on how absurdly wealth I am in comparison. That decisive distinction will dictate my actions.
Jesus is constantly teaching us to have a right perspective – HIM. When we put him in our life’s view, we have the correct view. If we put ourselves in perspective (conveniently) with someone who has done all kinds of “really bad” things in their lives, we can focus on how much “better” we are then them. In reality, I’m a disgusting sinner who deserves hell. The cool thing about having the right view of Christ is that I’m also loved by the KING of the universe and He has saved me.
Pride is a selfish, inward perspective that is completely flawed and leaves out God. Faith and humility are the direct opposite, since we see ourselves in relation to God.
And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.