Your New Perspective!
By Doug Cox
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
Recently I shared a couple of messages about seven principles that will bring life into the gate of your mind. One of the principles I spoke about was our need to spend some time every day in quiet reflection. This is not meant to bring you under condemnation for all your failures but instead a time to determine if you are on the right course in life and determine to adjust if needed. It is a time to determine who or what is in control of your life. Is it your flesh or your spirit? You would probably agree with me that many things can easily divert us from reaching our goals and growing spiritually.
Today I want to ask you if your perspective has changed? To understand what perspective means we can look at a couple of its synonyms. For instance, our perspective could also be described as our viewpoint or standpoint. It can also refer to our perception. With that in mind you can ask yourself, has my viewpoint, standpoint and perception changed since I made the decision to give my life to the Lord Jesus? Have I made healthy changes in the past but now find myself going back to my old ways?
The reality is a Christian lifestyle will produce deep root changes in a person’s life. A true conversion to Christ produces different behaviors, outlooks and actions in thought and deed. In true Christianity the patterns in a person’s life will change. It’s because we become a new creation through active faith in Christ Jesus.
Below are some contrasts between old and new perspectives. Are you where you want to be?
Our Old Perspective
- Walk past Bible and ignore it
- See prayer as a duty and burden
- Make excuses to miss church
- See giving as a burden
- See yourself as unimportant
- Live a selfish lifestyle
Our New Perspective
- Open Bible and read often
- See prayer as a relational opportunity
- Enjoy being in church and look forward to it
- Experiencing giving as a doorway to blessing
- See yourself as valuable to God and others
- Try to help others and consider their needs
What is dominating your life today? We all have the old ways sneak up on us and pull us down or pull us away from the Lord at times. If that is the case for you why not make the decision to dedicate yourself afresh to the Lord. Ask Him to forgive you and empower you with a new perspective once again. I’m sure you’ll be glad you did.