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The Power of Perspective

Weekly Devotionals

The Power of Perspective

Pastor Dave’s Sunday sermon on Peace was a timely reminder of perspective.  His message was entitled the Almanac of Shalom.  We have a Book filled with God’s promises and prophecies.  More importantly, the Book lets us know how it will all end.  He will be victorious and we will be with Him.

However, I have struggled with living life from the perspective of eternity.  Often, I am fraught with worry and doubt of the here and now.  As I was wrestling with a recent pain point in my life and as I kept rehashing what I could’ve done differently or better, I was reminded of Jesus’ disciples.

Jesus disciples didn’t really grasp who Jesus was until after his resurrection and for some after physically appearing before them. Judas betrayed him, Peter denied him, John and James jockeyed for the #2 spot, Thomas doubted. These 5 instances are instances that have been accounted for but as far as we can tell all the disciples scattered after Jesus’ arrest. They had spent 3 years with Jesus – ate, slept, and traveled with him. They witnessed his miracles and heard his teaching, and witnessed the beauty of the King.  When faced with what seemed like an insurmountable obstacle, they crumbled.

Now Read Luke 22:31-33

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”  33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

Read Luke 22:31-33 imagining yourself in Peter’s place and hear Jesus’ words from two different moments in time: 1) as the sincere, confident Peter prior to Jesus’ arrest, and 2) as the sincere broken Peter after denying Jesus. How might you interpret differently?

Our daily and life struggles are pivot points of perspective.  How might we look at our failures, struggles, or sins before redemption and after redemption?  We can stay stuck with the perspective of mortality or on the perspective of eternity.  Hebrews 5:7-9 provides the eternal view of Jesus’ suffering that built Him up to be one with reverent submission, learned obedience, and made perfect rather than from the eyes of the disciples upon Jesus’ arrest.

Hebrews 5:7-9

7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

May the Holy Spirit give you and me the power of perspective, from His side of eternity to live life with His hope and peace.