Perspective – Attitude Check
“After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:11
The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a challenge for me lately. Living life was like walking through a stinky slug pit. Things were not going the way I wanted them to go. People were not responding the way I wanted and God was not answering my prayers. Why were things so bad I wondered? My prayer and relationship with God was just like my relationship with others. “Why aren’t you doing what I want?” Not exactly the most humble approach to commune with The God of the universe. Colossians 1: 16-17 speaks of our position before Jesus. “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
We were created by God. We need to keep our perspective that He IS God and we were created. Earlier this week the Lord led me to Revelation 4 where John wrote about the Throne in Heaven to give me some perspective. Summarizing what John described as the One sitting on the throne having an appearance of jasper and ruby and a rainbow that shone like emerald encircled the throne. That must be a spectacle to see. However, what hit me hardest were the four living creatures around the throne and the twenty-four other thrones surrounding His throne. The creatures never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is and is to come.” (Rev 4:8), and every time the creatures give glory, honor and praise to God, the twenty four elders fall down before God and worship Him saying: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Rev 4:9)
When we all allow a distorted perspective in life, we distant ourselves from whom God is and that He receives all glory, honor and praise. We begin to think we are something bigger than we are and begin to talk down to God. God is King and will reign on His throne forever and ever. Having accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior provides access to the Father through respectful relationship allowing us to humbly come to our King and ask Him how we should approach things in our life. Do not take advantage of your relationship because you cannot physically see God. Keep your perspective that He is God, and that you were created and humbly approach Him.
“And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” Revelation 14:7
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil 2: 9-11