Have you ever heard of the “One Point Perspective”? It is the idea that from where you are standing, everything is at eye-level. IF you sit down, the perspective changes, but you still use your eye-level to see everything around you. When seated in a helicopter far above the city, things are still being viewed at your eye-level. When drawing a building or painting a scene of farm houses everything will be drawn from your eye-level and disappear somewhere down the row away from you. Such as railroad tracks which are parallel and never meet but if you are standing in the middle of a set of them and you look at the horizon, they look like they do. The one point perspective is all about how you see things. I learned this amazing concept in art, but in so many ways it’s also applicable with our spiritual sight.
Where is our eye-level for a believer? Where is our one-point perspective coming from?
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7
If God in Christ saved us, then He raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places, then where is our one-point perspective? When God looks around Him, what does He see? It’s like He has us all seated at the dinner table with Him. We are His kids. Our perspective should emulate His as well and when we look around what should we see? Our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ seated around the table. As you think about that concept, read this verse from Paul remember that God was working within him to say this.
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,” Philippians 1:3
Our third verse in Philippians is written from the heart of God’s eye-level perspective with His kids. He seated us there, He made us holy and righteous, He gave us a new home for eternity. It doesn’t make us His equal, but it does give us His view-point. When God thinks of us, when He, God, remembers you He is thankful. Paul remembered his fellow brethren with that same heart.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
These are thoughts that God thinks of us.They are thoughts of peace, not of evil to give us a future and a expected end.
Funny thing is, the devil always condescends. He wants everyone to worship him and look up to him and he in turn looks down and on everyone else. Look at what he asked of Jesus Christ in the wilderness.
“And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.” Luke 4:7
He wanted Jesus Christ to kneel and worship him. Wow. I’ve met some big egos, but that takes the cake. One of the most common traits I’ve seen in someone with a huge ego is condescension. Ego is different from confidence. Ego is fake. It’s as if the person is trying to build themselves up to look big and wonderful. Someone with confidence knows, in the depth of their heart, they couldn’t have been great and wonderful on their own. They give all the credit to God because without Him they know they’d be nothing.
To me, condescension and arrogance are a red flag. It shows me the person is doing a huge cover up. Did Paul ever look down on his fellow believers? Did He condescend? Instead he propped them up, empowered them, blessed and comforted them. He calls himself a bond slave to Jesus Christ? Why? For the ministry to the saints. He respected and loved his fellow believers so much that he served them. He gave to them by ministering healing, miracles (special miracles were wrought by Paul’s hands) and he sacrificed his time over and over. In essence, Paul was just emulating God because God so loved that He gave.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…” John 3:16a
God wants one-on-one fellowship with you so He can bless you. He wants to show you His tenderness and love. The devil just wants slaves to whom he can possess and corrupt. What is on the eye-level with the devil? Just his own reflection because of his pride. Pride is the devil’s lure. If his ministry is to kill, steal and destroy, he needs a really good lure. What do they say, our temper get’s us in trouble but our pride keeps us there.
On the other hand, humility is being willing to listen to what God says, meekness is being willing to do it. If our eye-level perspective is seated across the table from our Father in heaven, we’ll always want to know what He thinks and that will save our life.
Dear friend, I thank my God upon every remembrance of you!
God bless you today!