So if you’re 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.
To see things from God’s perspective, is that even possible as humans to see things from a perspective so infinite and awesome and beyond our understanding? I love this particular song by Brandon Heath, it immediately came to mind when I read that scripture from Colossians out of The Message. When I last wrote on Colossians I was focusing on the treasures in heaven, that which God has gifted to us and we get to experience a little heaven on earth. But this version takes the idea of the treasures of heaven and puts a spin on it that I really like. It isn’t necessarily about focusing on what’s above, but to see beyond the surface to what God has created here on earth. He created what we are seeing. He created the people that walk by us everyday. He created the trees that are growing outside. He created the birds that are flying over our heads. He created the stars we get to admire at night. He created you. He created me. We are His creation, we are treasures from heaven.
I find myself often pondering my role in the body of Christ. We each have a role, sometimes we might have more than one and sometimes it may change depending on the moment, the people, the needs for whatever God is asking us to do. I have questioned — often — why He created me. What could I possibly contribute? I am a loner, I am stubborn, I am distant, I am overweight, I am argumentative, I lack much ambition, I have never lived up to my potential, I rarely use my intellect choosing instead to hide myself away from the world. Yes, I’m listing off many of my bad traits and not listing any good. This isn’t some bash on myself, this is putting things into perspective. God has known since the beginning of time that I would turn out this way...and He loves me anyway. He is not deterred by my terrible eating habits. He is not put off by my weird obsessions. He is not angry that I’m still choosing my bad habits over building new ones with Him. He loves me, just as I am. He has a purpose for me, just as I am. I am a treasure, just as I am. I am a daughter of the King, just as I am. I am beloved, just as I am. I am His bride, just as I am.
Why? How? Because God doesn’t see the way we do. God loves in a way we can’t begin to understand, because His love isn’t conditional on what we do, but on who we are. He has eyes that see farther inside of me than I can ever expect too. He sees the woman He created to love and be loved by Him. He sees the woman that He has called to something specific...even if she argues with Him about it. He sees the bride who accepted Christ as her Savior. He sees the joy that I can experience in Him if I choose. He sees the love I can share with others if I listen and follow Him. He sees my pain and my strength to overcome it. He sees all of me. Imagine that....truly imagine that. God sees all of me.
Guess what, He sees all of you too. Every white lie, every lustful thought, every kind gesture, every angry feeling, every needle prick, every song sung, every idea considered, every moment questioning, every doubt that has passed through your mind....EVERYTHING!! There is nothing in your life, even things you don’t know about yourself, that God’s isn’t fully and completely aware of. He loves you. He sees you. Can you see yourself that same way? Not without His help. “See things from His perspective” the scripture says. Ask for His eyes to see yourself...your beauty, your pain, your truths, your potential, your scars...all of you. Ask for His eyes to see those around you, your family and friends and the person in the grocery isle. Ask to see creation as He intended it to be seen...with the eyes of the Creator. Embrace the gift He is offering...”Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ” and around you.