FAITH is more than the sum of our beliefs or the stubbornness of our obedience. With time and experience, faith becomes a way of seeing the world and perceiving life. It becomes a lens through which our perspective is altered and refocused. Things that were once invisible become visible by faith. Horizons seen only dimly become crystal clear when viewed through eyes of faith. Ideas take on different priority, different value, when seen from a faith perspective.

Jesus, because of his faith, saw “tax collectors and sinners” in a different light than his contemporaries. Because of his faith, Jesus had a different view about Sabbath days and religious traditions. His understanding of life and death, what matters to God and what doesn’t, the meaning of “riches,” the relative value of human versus godly “praise,” the role of suffering—all were radically affected and radically altered by the perspective of faith.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Col 3:1-4)

Faith causes us to reorient: away from “earthly things” and towards “things above” … to store up treasures in heaven … to hunger for the holy. Faith causes us to reevaluate: Christ is our life now … all our hopes and values and ambitions are bound up in him. Faith reorders our plans and relationships and ambitions.

Once we start seeing the world through the lens of faith, nothing will ever look the same again. And the taller faith grows, the more it changes our perspective on life.

Because the North Central Church wants to foster a faith-perspective, we will help each other look at life through the lens of faith. We will do everything we can to develop a “heavenly perspective” that allows us to see ourselves and the world as God sees. We will encourage each other to set our minds and fix our hearts on “things above.”

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