A Different Perspective

Originally Publish @ www.kaanib.net

Perspective is defined as “a view, an insight, or a particular way of regarding something.” Almost all dictionaries describe it that way. But in the Church of God, “perspective” has an entirely different meaning. Brother Daniel Razon explains why and how.

During his visit to the brethren at the United Arab Emirates (UAE), he had the idea of convening all the workers for some form of literal and spiritual learning.

With a “Let’s get started!”, he ignored his jetlag and immediately worked and smoothed out the plans for the convention. The grand incentive for the over-all champion would be an exclusive concert and picture-taking sessions with the OIC’s, MIC’s and him.

As expected, all participants gave their best in the games. When the events ended, Brother Daniel met with them in evaluating and assessing the results.

“All we have done here are not just playing games or tiring ourselves and saying that these are just ball games, board games, folk games, etc., not realizing that we will learn a thing or two from it. We do this because of our goal. A servant of God has a focused purpose. Now, you may think that the formula XI + I = X is wrong. Seeing it, we know it is wrong because the answer should be XII. But looking at it in another angle, we find that XI + I = X is correct if it is reversed, as X = I + IX. It is similar to our lives as servants. Sometimes, we look at things in its negative and complain why we have to suffer like this or that, get persecuted or experience tribulations. Some would even say they’d stop because they are despised or mocked, even distress themselves of what they cannot do. That is why there are those who stop serving God because they look at it that way. They fear about what they will endure.

But that is not what a servant of God should think of. We have our own perspective. In his letter to the Romans, Saint Paul said: “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: “…knowing that tribulation worketh patience;” Imagine that! While being persecuted or experiencing tribulations from families, friends, co-workers, even the government, and all other persecutors, we should still be joyful in enduring these because there is a reward. Also, in the same epistle, “And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” In Saint James it is written: “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.” There is a reward awaiting us – the crown of life, which God had promised, and being God’s servants we should expect these things to happen for this is the life we chose. As Jesus Christ was persecuted, so shall you be persecuted, but ‘I have God in my side. What will I be afraid of?’”

The workers who had witnessed and took part in the convention said that the event was not an ordinary day, for nothing is ordinary when you are with the true servants of God, in the persons of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon.

That is the kind of perspective we should have – unique – one that is of God.

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