ALL IN YOUR PERSPECTIVE
I recently purchased new devotional for myself. It is written by one of my favorite Christian writers, Max Lucado.
As I was reading today’s entry this phrase struck me, “Live out of your inheritance, not your circumstance.” It was a great reminder that how we view and live life has a lot to do with the perspective with which we come to it.
I have found that when I dwell on the circumstance and all that is challenging about it, I become discouraged, overwhelmed, and weary. All I see is the problem before me and I have trouble seeing beyond the present moment. I tend to live in my circumstance. Yet, this is not how God intended us to live. Throughout the gospels, Jesus reminds us that God will not abandon us, and will in fact uphold us through each of the circumstance we face. “…I am with you always…” (Matthew 28:20); “In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” (John 16:33); “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
(1 Peter 1:3-5)
Our inheritance is one that gives us a new perspective because it brings us out the concept of time and into eternity. It allows us to see our circumstances as momentary, a part of the movement of life. It doesn’t take us out of the circumstance, but allows us to look beyond them into what the future holds. In our inheritance we have the strength of the knowledge that God is with us at all times and in all places.
So, as Max encourages us, let us “live out of our inheritance” – with hope, comfort and assurance that the circumstance will change, but the God who bless us never will.
In Christ’s service,