“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.”
Titus 2:11 (NKJV)
Have you noticed how so many things in life can be a matter of perspective? There is a pub in a nearby town called The White Lion. I once asked my son “What colour is the lion?” Depending on how you look at it the answer could be black as ‘Lion’ is in black lettering, or white as ‘The White Lion’ is the title of the pub. My son looked at the whole title and answered “White.” I looked at it and said “But ‘The Lion’ is in black.” Both answers could be right, or both could be wrong, or one could be right and the other wrong. It all depends on how you look at it.
Driving along the motorway one day we saw a large sign on the side of a barn declaring “GOD’S DEAD”. Two weeks later we saw a similar sign as we drove along the motorway in the opposite direction which said “GOD’S NOT DEAD”. Unsurprisingly, one of these signs is no longer on display, but can you guess which? Well as it happens the answer is the “GOD’S DEAD” has been removed. It appears the will to convince people that there is no God is short lived, but the sign declaring God is alive and well is lasting rather longer. As people were driving in different directions they would get different messages. So if they were asked the question “Is God dead?” what would they answer? For most people it all depends on which way they are going on their journey in life.
Our perspective on life’s journey has been changed – through God’s work in us. “He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour” (Titus 3:5-6). We see the same world as all of our neighbours, family and friends. Yet, we who know Jesus have a different context to those who don’t.
So, let’s not write off all those who do not agree with our faith, or even condemn them to hell, as some extreme views do. Instead, let’s wait, hope and pray for them to gain that new perspective on their worldview. That they will see that “the kindness and the love of God our Saviour” has now appeared and that he saved us, “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy” (Titus 3:4-5).
Father, please enable us to see our work colleagues, neighbours and family through your eyes. We give you praise for how the work of the Holy Spirit brings new light into our lives and we pray for this new perspective on life to be given to all the people we know. Through Jesus, our Saviour, we pray.
Study by Rosemary Gent
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
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