When you look at a golf course, what do you see? I see the potential for a 5K race: where would I start, where would the finish be, how would I run it? My husband sees the potential for a great golf game: what would the challenge on each hole be, how could I get a great score, where would I aim my swing? Because of our backgrounds (mine in running, his in summer golf), our perspectives are different. The same is for the way we look at the world. Everyone has a slightly different outlook based on their upbringing and local culture they grew up in and/or currently. We also let our perspective be influenced by media, friends, leaders, teachers and pastors. But do we let our perspective be influenced the greatest by God’s Word? Our perspective of both simple and complex and small and large things in this world, our worldview, should be one that is seen through the eyes of Christ. Do we see sin and consequences contrasted by hope and salvation? Or do we see death, hopelessness and no eternity? Those are two very different perspectives and they influence how we react to situations, make decisions and treat people.
“…Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the reassures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument. For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.”
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” Colossians 2:2b-8
So, while we may all have perspectives, or world views, influenced by other things, let us not forget that ultimately, our view of everything in this world should hinge on what the Lord says in His Word and on Christ. Do not let your opinions and understanding be swayed because of someone’s testimony, unless it matches with what God’s Word says. Look continually to Christ for wisdom, knowledge and understanding in all things. Even though a golf course may seem like a straightforward thing (and pretty boring from my perspective if it only involved golf), there may be more to it that just one use. Similarly, while people may seem very simple, God has gifted us all with a unique outlook and special gifts. Don’t let how you treat those people be affected by an unBiblical perspective. And don’t let the decisions you make in your own life be influenced by an unBiblical perspective. Ultimately, don’t settle for a perspective that is not through the Jesus God gave us. Follow His Word, see the joy in this life He has given you.