Day 13 p. 139-153
Perspective is defined as a “point of view” or the “capacity to view things in their proper importance." Paul’s perspective in II Corinthians is amazing. He saw many parts of his ministry from the viewpoint of a mature follower of Christ. He was experiencing criticism, misunderstanding, persecutions, disappointments in friends and the nearness of his death. So many of the verses in this book have helped me view some of the challenges of life from a heavenly perspective as Paul did.
My life has needed the comfort that Paul wrote of in the early verses. He said sharing in abundant sufferings brought abundant comfort. The hope he had found in Christ made him see his sufferings as something we could share with others who suffer. My heart has known the comfort of our Lord and in turn I believe God has used it to help others.
Paul also viewed his physical wasting away as only part of life. I am reminded that every day my spirit can be renewed even though I grow older as my physical strength fades. Then he penned one of my most favorite verses, “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” His perspective saw beyond the moments that troubled him to the goal of eternal life where these troubles would be insignificant. His confidence in the future led him to say, ”as long as we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord…I would prefer to be away from the body and at home with Lord."
Finally, Paul viewed his personal weaknesses from God’s point of view. After praying for the removal of his “thorn in the flesh,” Paul came to realize that his own weakness made him strong because it showed him God’s awesome power. He said, “when I am weak, then I am strong.”
If I can learn from Paul how to see my life from God’s perspective, my days will take on a heavenly viewpoint. My daily love and service to my Lord will grow and my outlook on life will be full of joy and peace, knowing the God of love and peace is with me.
About The Author
Nita Rogers is the wife of Dr. Ben Rogers, mother of 4 with another in heaven, grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 8. She was saved when she was 8 years old and surrendered for Christian service at the age of 14. Nita has taught Bible classes for all ages and has spoken at various women's events. She has also made 4 trips to Malawi, Africa for village evangelism and is the author of one book.