PERSPECTIVE FOR THE NEW YEAR

Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:1-14

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of another, it is good to look back at what God has done and to look forward to what he is going to do. We will give time each day this week to look back and to look forward. In both cases, we must do so with the right perspective.

Perspective has to do with how we view things. Perspective is the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance. There are several factors that influence our perspective on things. First is our God given personality. Some people are visionaries; others are technicians. Some are people oriented while others are more task oriented. Some are more active while others are more passive.

In addition to our personality traits, circumstances influence our perspective. What a year 2020 has been! We’ve all faced some very difficult circumstances over the is past year. Some have been filled with fear, anxiety, and even depression over the uncertainties associated with the Covid pandemic. People have lost jobs; they have suffered the death of loved ones; and some may have been ill with the virus. We could easily allow ourselves to be overcome with anxiety, fear and disappointment.

There is another important factor that affects our perspective — the spiritual dimension of our lives — our faith. The depth of our faith greatly governs our perspective on life. How we view God affects how we will face the circumstances that may come our way. Our relationship with Christ is essential to keep a positive perspective on life.

Paul was in prison when he wrote Philippians. He had been imprisoned because of his faith in Jesus Christ. Yet, he kept a positive perspective — “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus” (v. 6). Paul had confidence in God. He knew that God would complete the work He has started in His people. He saw the positive side of things — “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel” (v. 12). Now that is a godly perspective on life.

As we approach this new year, our goal is to gain God’s perspective. This will enable us to see things as they really are. And it will help us determine what our priorities should be for this new year.

Lord Jesus, as I approach a new year, enable me to have Your perspective. I know that You are sovereign and in control of all things. I know that You have promised to cause all things to work together for my good. I know that You have a plan for me this year. I look forward to what You will do in this new year.

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