Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Perspective

Our youth office decal
One Sunday afternoon while the young men in our youth strummed their guitars we rubbed it on the wall.  A silhouette of the world.  Perspective is necessary for growth.  To look at that big world that is filled with people, history, toil, triumph, beasts and birds.  He promises He never sleeps or slumbers but with a watchful eye cares for the entire thing and even rules over it.

We pressed it flat against the wall but really it is a gigantic circle that spins in outer space.  Sounds absurd.  It is except that He is God.  He is fascinating.  It's the expression of Himself.  His glory on display.  It's for Him.  He made the beginning and will bring its ending.  He spoke.  We're born into it.  He commanded us to not be of it but to go and make disciples.   Sin distorted it.  It groans for His return.  It's astonishing and so incredibly intriguing.  We're happiest when we worship Him as the Master and Creator of it.

Like looking up at the sky or the ocean you're put into proper perspective.  Wow, I'm small.  Really, really small.  Wow.  He's big.  Really, really big.  Growth comes with humility.  We put it up as a reminder of this reality.  God is global.  We want our youth to ponder these things.  Inspire them to worship.  Line up with His purposes.

Several have admired it and commented.  Here are some of their thoughts:
"Wow.  This is really nice."  (long pause-thought-scan)  "Now, where is Haiti?"

"This looks great!  What is it?"

"That's nice.  Is it the whole world?"

"Is it a map?"

(long look with thoughtful question) "So.  What is it?  Is it Haiti?"

"Where is Haiti?"  (Jason turned the question on them and they responded.)  "There." (They pointed at Russia.  Jason shook his head.  They went on a while until Jason pointed out each continent.)  "Interesting.  I've never seen a world map.  So where is Haiti."  (Jason pointed to the small island under Florida, next to Cuba.)  "It's small.  Haiti is small."

"This looks great!  Where's Haiti?"  (Jason showed them.)  "Haiti is that small."  (Jason confirmed and they baulked.)

Needless to say we're thankful for the way God makes His glory known and how He infinitely loves us by putting things into proper perspective.  He's big.  We're small.  We need Him and are happiest worshipping Him.
"God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshipers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose." — John Piper