Published Sept. 24, 2013

Paul's Epistle...
"God's Perspective"

A few years ago the Kingsmen (as the Carolina Boys) had a song that began, "God sits on high, and He looks down low... There's nothing He can't see from up in heaven on His throne...."

Have you ever wondered what God thinks when He looks upon this world He created? What does He think about its inhabitants (all 6.45 billion of us)?


What does all this mean?

As Christians we are to grow more and more like Christ. It's the process of sanctification. "You shall be holy, for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:16.) We are to develop the mind of Christ in us. (1 Cor. 2:16.) As we do so, we should see things more and more as He sees things — and less and less as the world sees things.

God made us for His pleasure, and created the world as a place for us. (Isaiah 45:18.) So we, as members of the human race, are far more important to Him than the physical world itself. In fact, this earth will pass away, but we will live with Him for eternity. (Matthew 24:35.)

What is God's desire regarding mankind – a race which has turned its back on Him? He is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9.) In fact, He sent His Son, Jesus, "to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10.)

So as we grow to be more like Christ, we should, more and more, see every person we happen to encounter as someone God loves, someone with whom God truly desires to have a right relationship. If we truly believe that, if we truly assimilate that truth into our very beings, our perspective will change radically. And personal evangelism – telling the good news to those around us – will become a much higher priority.

Have you ever wept over a city, as Christ did when He looked upon Jerusalem, because those living there had not recognized God? (Luke 19:41-44.) Have you ever wept for a nation gradually (and ever more rapidly) turning its back on God? Have you ever wept for the lost?

God looks at people all over North America – and around the world – who are reading this newsletter right now. And He sees souls. Is He pleased when He sees yours?

- Paul

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