So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. (2 Corinthians 5:16 NIV).
I don’t know about you, but I get in trouble when I’m looking at life and people from a worldly perspective. I have a tendency to get caught up at looking at the worldly side of things and getting my eyes off the idea that we are spirtual beings. I look at how much someone makes or what sized house someone owns or what one does for a living. I look at all the big buildings and all the great manmade things and get enamored by the things, the material stuff, that so preoccupy our minds and life. Sometimes, that leads to jealousy, to bitterness, to anger, to pride, to all kinds of feelings or emotions that aren’t healthy. Sometimes, take this political election season as an example, I just get discouraged.
But what if I looked at life and people, not from a worldly perspective, but from a spiritual perspective? I’ve tried it, actually, and it’s amazing the change I see. Not in other people, but in me. When I realize that all of these worldly things, be they money, fame or even sex, it will all pass away and what we will be left with is a spiritual being. The resentment, the bitterness, the discouragement all fade away into a sense that something much bigger than my little worldly vision can see.
Maybe Paul was on to something.