John Wright Follette
Jesus has many names. While He was here on earth, He often
referred to Himself as “The Son of Man.” As I
studied this, it gave me a new perspective in my vision of
Sometimes things need to be examined very closely. Other
times we lose our perspective when we get too close to them.
We can be right in the mountains and not see their beauty
or breadth. But, if we go a distance from them, there is an
impact on our senses of their majesty and expanse that can
not be seen or felt when we are living right in them.
We must have perspective. We need it for our thinking and
for our approach to God. We often become too involved in our
own individual problems or interests. It is only when we get
away from ourselves that we can begin to see and understand
why the Lord has to do with us as He does.
A lack of perspective makes us self-centered and out of balance
emotionally. I was caught in such a jam once. When the Lord
pulled me out of it, He said, “You lost your perspective.
Don’t’ stay so close to your problems. When you
are as close to them as you were, all sense of value and purpose
is lost because there is nothing to contrast them with. That’s
fatal. Now, trust me and review your circumstances from the
place where I have set you.”
It is rather daring to get out of ourselves for a minute.
We often become so self-centered that we do not realize how
self-centered we have become until it begins to dislodge our
thinking and vision of what the Lord is doing in our lives.
Then He said to me, “Now, do you see how it is?”
I answered, “Yes Lord, I do now.”
It is important to be able to make a good judgment, to look
at things objectively, and to not become so personally involved
in a situation that we miss its’ real purpose. This
is a difficulty we have as Christians. We want to serve and
please the Lord. Then we lose our perspective and begin to
look at ourselves more than we ought to in our efforts to
measure up to what we desire to be in Him.
There are times when He will deliver us from the bondage
and bindings of self-centeredness. He will not build an edifice
on a wrong foundation. We need to trust the Lord when He comes
to us to examine our life and progress in His purposes. We
need to say, “Lord, whatever you see or need to do is
alright. As far as I am able to receive, reveal my need to
me. And if it hurts, it’s alright. I know you will bring
We can trust Him with the most sacred items in our heart.
We can trust Him in every area of our lives. And He wants
us to. But, if we are evasive or fearful, He will not be able
to help us through. We have to be daring and say, “Here
it is Lord, all of me.” And then let Him work. We will
never be sorry that we did, as He brings us into a new place
of perspective and vision.