Transformation of life is a matter of the heart and mind.
To change behavior, attitudes and emotions, we must challenge the perspectives or ways of seeing things that support them. How are you choosing to see things? How can you see things differently?
All of Scripture is given for perspective formation and spiritual transformation. Scripture is not just information to fill our heads, but truth to change our hearts and minds—and our emotions.
II Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” (NLT)
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.”
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Scripture confronts us with perspective that is:
- Vertical (not stuck on the horizontal)
- Eternal (not limited to the temporal)
- God-centered (not only about me)
When we are not living as we should, it is partly because we are not seeing things from God’s point of view. Scripture calls us back to godly perspective. When you read the Bible, think of God saying to you: “Get perspective!” “See things from the divine viewpoint.”
Audio clip: Heart and mind