This week, we are studying the passage of Jesus' ascension in Luke 24: after the resurrection and appearing to his disciples, Jesus is lifted up into the heavens.
I wonder from that perspective what Jesus saw; in that moment and perhaps even beyond of how His message would spread. I wonder about the disciples and how this new perspective of Jesus lifted high above them, changed their perspective of what His message meant. Before Jesus' ascended, the passage says "he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures." Perhaps it took this new perspective of Jesus to open up their minds to the Scriptures.
Perhaps it takes a change in perspective for our minds to be opened as well.
Today I had a conversation with a grandmother who is raising her 8 grandchildren single-handedly. She lives off of 1 social security check a month and feeds, clothes, and provides for all of these children by stretching her dollar as far as it can go. As we prayed together, I was grateful to be part of a church that can offer her some financial relief, but also for the opportunity to have my perspective opened by her strength, perseverance and trust in the Lord's provision in her life. I can not imagine living in a situation where my daily bread is not secure. How enriched I was by her testimony, that her daily bread is found in the Scriptures as she reads each morning, looking for what the Lord offers her, and finds the strength to take on one more day. Since we last visited a year ago, she has found the kindness of strangers, the generosity of churches and the support of friends a gift from God. It has given her the perspective of how God is providing for her daily bread.
My perspective was changed today by this grandmother as we shared our lives and faith together. I wonder, as we elevate Christ in our daily lives as the Giver and Sustainer of all that is good, how will our perspective change? Will it give us a sense of being, beyond ourselves?
Be lifted high in the power of Christ,