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Summary: Jesus gives us a new and winning perspective for life

A Winning Perspective

Matthew 14:13-21 (quickview) 

December 2007

Introduction

Vince Lombardi once said: Winning isn’t the most important thing, but the will to win is everything

Our society seems to be obsessed with winning. If you doubt me, go watch a little league ball game or junior soccer. The parents are more into the games than the children. Winning is indeed an obsession. For many people winning means to be the very best. Sports seem to give us some prime examples of this.

The NCAA tournament and the Final Four is college basketball’s highest point of competition. Every team that makes it to the final four must win 4 games to get there, if they lose in the final four are they losers because they lost one out of four? Most people would say yes, the difference between winning and losing is perspective. Keeping and maintaining a proper perspective is what makes us winners in life. What does it take to have a winning perspective? It takes hard work, determination, and a good attitude.

Perspective has been defined as the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance. The perspective that we have as Christians is that anything is possible for God. Our perspective is changed by the work and actions of Jesus.

“Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their lives a work of art / an individual masterpiece.” Dennis Waitley

Jesus gives us a model for having a victorious perspective. Look at all of the events in the life of Jesus and you will see one aspect shine through; His powerful perspective. Think about that for just a moment. Here are just a few moments from the gospels that reveal a winning perspective.

Jesus called Matthew to be a disciple when he was still a tax collector

Jesus slept in the middle of a storm on the sea

Jesus changes Simon’s name to Peter when he acts more like a pebble than a rock

Jesus went to the home of Lazarus three days after he died

Jesus went to the home of Zacheaus

Jesus forgave those who crucified Him

Jesus kept a positive perspective about people and about the events unfolding around Him. Jesus knew that God the Father was in control of His future and that He could not be in better hands. Nothing was going to happen to Him without God’s consent. The same is true of your life as well.

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food." 16 Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." 17 "We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered. 18 "Bring them here to me," he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.


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