Having a right perspective is extremely important. We tend
to see the world that is around us in relation to ourselves.
Everything seen by our eyes becomes relative to us, the central
object. Thus, our perspective of things affects our every
thought, or action.
As we look at a mountain that is afar off, the trees appear
exceedingly small in relation to ourselves. As we approach
the mountain, the trees become larger and larger until at
the base of a given tree, we become very small in relation
to its majestic stance.
So it is as we view our Lord. When we look upon Him as "afar
off," seeing Him in the distant haze, He remains very
small in our lives. As the Lord draws us to Himself and we
come closer to Him, our perspective will change. He will begin
to increase in importance and will become ever increasingly
more beautiful and personal to us in our relationship to Him.
Another aspect comes into focus. When we are a great distance
from a mountain, we are not able to discern any detail. All
is a mass of blurred treetops. But as we approach the mountain,
viewing the tree that is right before us, we are able to separate
each and every leaf as we focus our vision upon the detail
of this tree.
Here is a clear parallel in relation to the nature and character
of the Lord. Afar off, we are unable to learn or even perceive
the essence of our Lord, and His love for us. As we come closer,
allowing a spiritual intimacy to develop with Him, we can
begin to see and partake of the "detail" of His
Paul prayed, "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened;
that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what
the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints"
Eph 1:18. We must have, not only a clear vision, but also
a proper perspective for our spiritual growth.
Some only see the Lord as their Saviour, Healer, or Provider.
Jesus said to His disciples, "Whom do you say that I
am?" Consider the fact that He will also ask this same
question of us. We are to be in the place where we, with Peter,
will be able to say, "Thou are the Christ, the Son of
the Living God". This revelation of His full identity
includes His being our Saviour, Healer, and Provider, but
much more. He must be more to us than a distant acquaintance,
waiting to do our biding.
A true perspective of the Lord can only come from times spent
with Him within His chambers. Only then will we be able to
singularly see and know Him as He is.