Changing Your Perspective
"From now on, then, we do not know anyone from a worldly perspective. Even if we have known Christ from a worldly perspective, yet now we no longer know him in this way." 2 Corinthians 5:16
When was the last time you examined your perspective? I’ve talked many times about a “spiritual lens” or viewing things from an eternal perspective. Usually when I am talking about this lens, it relates to circumstance, but here, Paul brings it home to our view of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
This verse is what brings us into a passage of scripture known as the “Ministry of Reconciliation”. Paul continues in these verses to tell us if we are in Christ, we are a new creation. Jesus became sin so we could be righteous in God’s eyes. The chapter concludes by explaining we are Christ’s ambassadors, and we plead on Christ’s behalf.
When we read these verses, we learn our view of our brothers and sisters is one not of a worldly perspective but one that should be concerned with the spiritual aspect. When was the last time you shared Christ with a brother or sister? Are we concerned with the eternal well being of those around us? We have an obligation to share the Gospel with everyone around us.
Do you have a coworker you aren’t crazy about? Maybe a family member? An in-law? Are you viewing them from a spiritual perspective or a worldly one? We are all sinners, saved by grace, and it is our God given duty to ask God to see them from a spiritual perspective and to be Christ’s ambassadors in dealing with everyone we meet.
When we see people through our spiritual lens, we are being obedient and faithful to the same God who sent us His son, so that we, sinners just like our brothers and sisters in Christ, may live with Him in eternity, counted righteous because of what Jesus did on the cross.
God, help me to see those around me from a spiritual perspective. Help me to have an urgency not to see their sin but to see them as dearly loved by You. Give me strength and courage to share the Gospel with those around me. I love you, Father. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Spend time in 2 Corinthians 5:16-20 this week. How does this shape your view of what Christ did for you and for others?
Chelsi is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.