I want to see the world through Jesus eyes, see through Jesus tears,
I want to see the world through Jesus eyes, my vision’s not as clear
I want to feel the world with the hands that made it, know the pain and appreciate it Hear their cries and hope to understand
I would rarely claim to be the smartest guy in the room, but I probably won’t deny a little intelligence. I have lived and survived for 40 years, which has given me a set of experience to draw from. But when it comes to making any important decision, I generally try to ask my wife what she thinks. Some people might say I ask her just to make her happy. But early in my adult life, a wise man named Ken told a group of men, “Guys, when you get married, listen to your wives. God gifts them with wisdom you will never possess.”
It took me a few years to grasp the truth. If I willingly listen to her perspective before making a decision, I approach the choice with more insight. This is because she sees the world from a different perspective than I do.
But our humanly perspective pales in comparison to God’s eternal perspective.
In 1 Timothy 6, we find a scripture which is often misquoted–the love of money. This section of scripture is full of negative terms describing the person who desires to be rich. Check out these words: fall, trapped, ruin, destruction, pierced, sorrow. It is in the next piece of text we find a perspective beyond our base desire.
But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. -1 Timothy 6:11-12
Paul tells us, along with Timothy, to change our perspective on wealth by putting it behind us, way on the rear view mirror. “Run.” Distance yourself. Forget loving money. Do everything you can to separate yourself from the ruin and destruction it brings. Paul’s instructions on what to pursue instead boil down to one main truth: we need to seek to honor God first.
When our lives are running after God, allowing Him to continue to make us right, all the other things in our humanly perspective will start to look more like His perspective. He has wisdom we will never possess. When we surrender our devotion to Him instead of the all-consuming pursuit of wealth, that decision honors Him. Then as we pursue His righteousness, we grow in our understanding of what He desires for us.
Where do you need Him to change your perspective? How can you run after God this week?