Perspective can be defined as “the faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship.” As Christians, we don’t have to look at our symbolic chains or circumstances. Paul was a great example about perspective.
Shackled and in chains, Paul doesn’t wallow in sorrow for his circumstances. He sees what is happening to him as a chance to advance the gospel. He chooses a new perspective. Instead of seeing himself kept in chains by the guards, he sees himself in chains for Christ. His perspective is an example to the others and teaches them to have confidence when preaching the gospel and not to have fear.
King Herod’s perspective was one of fear. Fear is a powerful emotion. Fear is what drove King Herod to search for the baby Jesus. However, the wise men’s perspective was different. They searched for the baby Jesus out of love. Different perspectives lead to different paths.
“For I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!” Phil. 1:19-22
We have a new perspective founded on our relationship with Christ where we see all relevant data working together for the plan that God has for you will. Spend time praying for your ability to trust in His perspective.