“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.”2 Corinthians 5:16
It occurs to me that the people who are the most influential in my life probably would not be regarded as successful from a worldly point of view. They are the ones who are quietly humble, honest about their struggles, and faithful to pray for me and with me. They diligently teach and preach to me a gospel-filled message week after week. They are deeply important in God’s kingdom!
Today is Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem before His crucifixion. Preceding His entry, Jesus caught the attention of many people surrounding the city. They regarded Him in a variety of worldly ways: to some He was a sensation to be experienced, to some He was a threat to be eliminated, and to others He was a King who would make their lives better. In reality He came to transform, not to entertain. He came to humble us, not to threaten us. He came to remake us into a new creation, not just to make our lives better.
We can’t regard Jesus from a distant, worldly perspective—we must let Him change our viewpoint from the inside out!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)