A couple of weeks ago Lauren and I laid down to go to bed one night. As usual Lauren fell asleep in no time. I laid there for about 45 minutes unable to fall asleep. Frustrated at my inability to sleep, I decided to grab my bible and turned to Philippians. I know many would argue, but I believe Philippians may be Paul’s best letter. If I did not have a bible reading plan, I’m afraid I would spend all of my time reading Philippians. Anyways, to the point.
As I was reading Philippians I noticed that Paul possessed a God Size Perspective. Take a look at the verses below.
“12I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.” Philippians 1:12-14
What is a God Size Perspective?
God Size Perspective – The ability to see your greatest obstacles as God ordained opportunities.
Our perspective is vital. I believe that our perspective has a great impact on our attitude. And our attitude determines the kind of influence we will have in our families, at work, at church, and others around us.
Paul’s perspective shaped his attitude regarding his present circumstances. His perspective and his attitude extended the reach (influence) he had into other peoples lives. Not only to the Philippians, but to you and I when we read his letter today.
2 Take Aways From Paul’s God Sized Perspective
- Your problems can be leveraged for God’s purposes (v.12-13)
- Your burdens can give others boldness (v.14)