The Perspective of Praise
Good Morning Harvesters,
Philippians 4:4 tells us, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"
Really?!? Are you kidding me?!? In all things you want me to rejoice?!? Have you lost it, I mean I have cancer, lost my job, car broke down, my spouse left me, I mean everything that could go wrong has gone wrong and YOU want ME to rejoice?...And our God tells us, Yes.
Paul who had every reason to be bummed in life, had been beaten, chained, thrown in prison multiple times, ran out of towns for sharing the Message of Jesus. If he can write that and rejoice in those times then I think we should think about our own life and the perspective, how we see something, that maybe needs to change.
As I stated Sunday I believe we allow the circumstances around us to influence our perspective and we fail to remember the blessings that we do have in our lives. We get hung-up on the temporary instead of looking through, or beyond the present to see the impact that our perspective, the right perspective can have on our present and future.
Lot's of talk ever since this pandemic that, "We will get through this together." Well that is easy for someone to say that still has their job, health, family, etc. But it is another thing to hear from someone who has lived through the worst and tells us to rejoice. Someone like Paul who has faced some of the hardest challenges this life has to offer and who can still write in Philippians 1:12, "Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel."
I stated Sunday that one of the tools that the enemy of our soul has enjoyed through all of this is the isolation that has been created. Some of it self induced, some out of fear and a lot out because many are at risk. He has used this to get us depressed, discouraged, anxious and off our focus of being the community of Christ. Community meaning, that we need each other. Our relationship with Jesus isn't just about us and Him. It is about us, Him and each other, other believers. It is as much a vertical relationship as it is a horizontal one.
Galatians 6:1-3 reminds all of us, "Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important."
Paul in Philippians 1:18-21 helps to keep our perspective on what is right, "Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God's provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."
How about you? How's your perspective? Self-focused or Christ-centered and others focused? The choice truly yours.
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Looking forward to closing this series on Sunday. Have a great rest of the week!
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene