I Want the Truth
God tells us the truth about who we are, who he is and all sorts of things about the world around us. He’s not the only one. We get all kinds of input from all kinds of places that shape our view of our self, view of God, others — our world-view. And our worldview makes a big difference in how we see and experience and engage with our life.
Sometimes it’s subtle but very significant. For example if you believe Jesus is your Lord/Leader and Savior are you a ‘sinner saved grace’ or a ‘saint’? Is this just semantics? Are you both/and instead of either/or? Does it matter? Try, in whatever makes sense to you, viewing yourself through one and then the other of these perspectives. Perspectives are like the lenses in glasses and shape how we view the world. Like say out loud, while reading this, “I’m a sinner, who was saved by grace.” Now, say out loud (and see yourself as), “I’m a saint, who was saved by grace.” Does it make a difference?
Here’s another one: are you a ‘servant/slave of Christ’ or a ‘friend of Christ’? I’m thinking here of Jesus saying to his disciples: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15) All the same issues as above (semantics? Both/and instead of either/or?) Does it make a difference in terms of how you see yourself? As Jesus points out, friends relate to each other differently than does a slave/servant and even a benevolent master. Friends can serve one another, but a servant will never have access, intimacy and interdependence that friends have.
As always, there is a lot to this whole question of truth and God’s perspective. The simple point here is that when it comes to hearing God’s voice, one of the things God talks to us about is his perspective.
So, what is God’s perspective about you, your circumstances, those around you and any number of other subjects on your or his mind and heart?
Try out asking him and see what happens. For example: God when you look at me what do you see? God, tell me something about who you are. When you look at my spouse, kids, friends, employee, boss, that person who has hurt me, that guy in the cubicle over there, what do you see? Who are they from your perspective?
See what thoughts, impressions, pictures and feelings come to mind when you ask: God what is your perspective on __________________?
I’m in the midst of a series of blog posts all about hearing God in everyday life. So far I’ve posted about how God is speaking to us all the time and has wired us to be able to hear his voice. We’ll cover topics like what God’s voice sounds like and how to hear and test if what you are hearing is God. Right now I’m in the midst of the 4 primary things God talks about: First, from the last blog post (assurance of) His love; with this post, His perspective (truth); coming up next is conviction (not condemnation) about sin. Hopefully a little at a time can go a long way.