Date: February 19, 2011
Title: Changed Perspectives
Scripture Acts 26:6-7
And now I stand here on trial on account of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors, a promise that our twelve tribes hope to attain as they earnestly worship day and night. It is for this hope your Excellency, that I am being accused by the Jews.
Paul is persecuting Christians one day and standing before Agrippa defending his hope in Christ on another day. God changes our perspectives.
Something about Paul’s story of conversion gnaws at me today. Confident, secure and determined be knew what was “right”, he acted out of rage (26:11) to condemn others. It reminds me how easy it is to draw conclusions about others as if what we see is all there is to see. And it so humbling to see how dramatically our perspectives change once we have an encounter with Christ. On any given day, the Spirit may show me something that completely changes my heart, my actions and my life. I’m at the airport with a team of people on our way to Guatemala. Seems like a good lesson to begin the journey.
Father, thank you for reminding me not to hold so tightly to my perspectives or expectations. Help me to just hold on to you and enjoy the adventure of following. Thank you for the gift of other cultures and perspectives. It shows me so much more of You.
The days ahead in Guatemala will reveal God’s purposes, not mine.