Seeing the Big Picture

December 26, 2016

“So if you are serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides.
Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective.”

– Colossians 3:1-2 (The Message)

Have you ever lost perspective? Sometimes, we are so close to the action, we can’t see the bigger picture. Coaches, athletes and spectators participating in a sporting event, all have a limited perspective. They only experience the sights and sounds within the confines of the stadium itself. Their eyes are glued to the field. They are absorbed with the action taking place right in front of them. When the Goodyear Blimp appeared on the sports scene, television audiences were introduced to an amazingly different perspective. Viewers were allowed to see things in another dimension. From thousands of feet in the air, not only could the field be seen, but the entire stadium filled with fans. The view expanded to include the entire city surrounding the stadium. The game taking place on the field could easily become insignificant as viewers took in the panoramic view from above.

As Christ-followers, we are easily consumed with what is going on around us. World events, jobs, providing and protecting our families dominate our thoughts. Our eyes tend to focus on what is taking place right in front of us. The Apostle Paul warns us not to get caught up in the limited worldly perspective. “Look up”, he shouts. Be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. We are encouraged to look at things from a heavenly perspective. We are called to live as citizens of Heaven even though our feet are walking on this earth. We are challenged to say goodbye to our former way of life and go after the life modeled by Jesus. We are promised that the new perspective will be breathtaking!

Lord, it’s so easy for me to lose perspective. I struggle to see the bigger picture because I get bogged down with my limited view. Help me today to see the things You see. Amen.

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