Perspective – It Changes Everything
Looking back through life it is truly amazing to think about the things that used to excite us and how those very same things seem so foolish today. The same television shows or music we used to enjoy as we grew up are now completely unfulfilling and empty. As a parent, a husband, and a servant of Jesus Christ these things have lost their luster – they no longer have any value. It’s not that these things have changed, but rather our perspective of them has. This same principle can be applied to our relationship with our Father and our perspective of what he has freely given us – eternal life. Seeing who we truly are and what he has done should affect our Christian walk here on Earth.
9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
When we first understand the true value of the free gift God has given us it should be life changing. It should change our perspective of everything we do and see here on Earth. We should have no problems helping others and giving to those in need. This doesn’t always mean just writing a check. We can be generous with our time, our prayers and even our possessions (which were given to us by God in the first place).
We may have to give up some things we really love for things we will love more. Unfortunately the world has trained us to serve money and material possessions. The world tries to replace God with money, but people who love money will never be satisfied.
10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
Thankfully as Christians we don’t serve money we serve God. However, until we see ourselves for who we truly are, until we see ourselves as sinners with no righteousness of our own we will not see the value of what our Father has given us. Moreover we won’t see the blessing associated with giving to others.
Pause just for a moment and consider how rich the Lord been to us. It is amazing!! With this understanding let us dedicate more of ourselves to His service. Giving shouldn’t be something we just do – generous is what we should be.