Do you remember the day that Google Earth changed the game? I do.
The ability to travel anywhere in the world from the comfort of your laptop is second nature now, but in 2008, it was a big deal. Whole families crowded around computers telling the person at the keyboard, “Go to Paris!” “No, go to the Great Wall! I’ve always wanted to see the Great Wall.” We saw the world vicariously through satellite images, and that orange, cartoon dude (who as far as I know still doesn’t have a name).
But there was one location that we searched before any other. That location was our own address. The moment that the program loaded (which took a while because it was 2008), Google Earth descended from space, toward your state, your city, your neighborhood, and finally, your street.
Think about that for a second. If we wanted to look at our houses we could’ve looked at them from the driveway. The picture would have been clearer and in real time. Why were we so fascinated with blurry, outdated pictures of the home we saw every day? Simple. It was a new perspective. We had lived our whole lives believing that the place we called home was a little corner of a bigger world. Now we could see it!
There is something in all of us that craves a bird’s eye view. With our feet firmly planted on the ground, we can only see what’s right in front of us. Our world feels bigger when we invite others into it, but at the end of the day, their view is also limited and human. They might see the world in a different way than we do, but that doesn’t necessarily get us closer to the truth.
Only God can see the whole picture. His perspective is the only one that will not fail.
Unlike Google Earth, He didn’t just capture that perspective, He created it. His view of the world is not outdated. It is timeless, stretching from eternity past to eternity future. Here’s the best part: God’s wants to share his perspective with us! He is not hoarding his wisdom or downplaying his perfect point of view. He has revealed his perspective to us through the person of Jesus Christ and through his Word.
Brothers and sister, that’s exactly why we need to spend time in the Scriptures. The Bible isn’t just a religious tradition or duty. It’s is an invitation to see the world from God’s perspective.
I always say that every point of view is a view from a point. Our view of the world is limited, and God’s is limitless. When we spend time in the Word of God, it transforms the way we see the world. Suddenly, we’re looking at it through his eyes, and as John 3:16 reminds us, he loves that world.
There is one place where that fresh perspective is really mind-blowing—at street level. God doesn’t just want to change your view of the world. He wants to meet you right where you are. He wants to show you how He views your life, your family, and your community.
How do we gain that heavenly perspective? We read his Word, day after day. We take the whole counsel of Scripture, study it from Genesis to Revelation. We take our cues from the life of Jesus in the Gospels.
Not sure where to start? Our church is going through the New Testament together. You can jump into that reading plan with us! Just download the Crossroads Mobile App, and check out our daily reading plan.
As believers, we need to start looking at our life through the eyes of our loving Heavenly Father. When we gain a little heavenly perspective, we are far more earthly good!