The Proper Perspective

October 24th, 2013 by JDVaughn Leave a reply »

Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ . . . —2 Corinthians 2:14

The proper perspective of a servant of God must not simply be as near to the highest as he can get, but it must be the highest. Be careful that you vigorously maintain God’s perspective, and remember that it must be done every day, little by little. Don’t think on a finite level. No outside power can touch the proper perspective.

The proper perspective to maintain is that we are here for only one purpose— to be captives marching in the procession of Christ’s triumphs. We are not on display in God’s showcase— we are here to exhibit only one thing— the “captivity [of our lives] to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). How small all the other perspectives are! For example, the ones that say, “I am standing all alone, battling for Jesus,” or, “I have to maintain the cause of Christ and hold down this fort for Him.” But Paul said, in essence, “I am in the procession of a conqueror, and it doesn’t matter what the difficulties are, for I am always led in triumph.” Is this idea being worked out practically in us? Paul’s secret joy was that God took him as a blatant rebel against Jesus Christ, and made him a captive— and that became his purpose. It was Paul’s joy to be a captive of the Lord, and he had no other interest in heaven or on earth. It is a shameful thing for a Christian to talk about getting the victory. We should belong so completely to the Victor that it is always His victory, and “we are more than conquerors through Him . . .” (Romans 8:37).

“We are to God the fragrance of Christ . . .” (2 Corinthians 2:15). We are encompassed with the sweet aroma of Jesus, and wherever we go we are a wonderful refreshment to God.



October 24, 2013- JDV

Lord, I do want to have the proper perspective. But I need you to take me over and give me that perspective. I seem to crumble too early, stumble too often and go my own ways.  Help me be a captive of Jesus, Lord.  Like the father said to Jesus, I believe, help me in my unbelief. So I say Lord, I believe You will take me over and give me your perspective, but I ask You to please help me in my unbelief.

And God says…”As Oswald Chambers says in this devotional, to maintain My perspective, it must be little by little every day. Seek Me and you will find Me. Knock on My door and it will be opened.  Trust Me to do what I have said I will do for you.  Meet and connect with Me (that is surrender yourself to Me) in the morning and be curious about your day as I live through you.  Acknowledge me in all your ways and I will make your paths straight. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”


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