One of the crazy things I remember doing when I was a young boy was to lie on the couch with my head touching the floor just to see how strange everyone looked. It was quite odd looking at people while being upside down, especially when they began to talk. How different it is when you begin to look at things upside down. Our perspective is everything - change the perspective and everything appears to be so very different.
The same is true the very moment we come to faith in Christ. For until that moment the world and its value system appears to us to be quite natural. Our affections change when we come to faith in Christ and we begin to value things that we once despised. We may ask the question, "Why?"
The answer is simple. The world in its sinful condition exalts the creature and not the Creator. Romans 1: 21-23 describes for us the condition of man outside of faith in Christ.
"For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things."
What had happened to this beautiful, perfect creation that God had made? By his fall into sin, Adam plunged the entire human race into an upside down perspective. In our sin, the creature appears to us to be the sovereign, while we try to make God in our image.
Yet there is a problem. All of those around us who do not know Christ, and who have never given their lives to him, see the world from the upside down vantage point. They will immediately think that we are strange and will endeavor tirelessly to persuade us on their foolery. Paul recognizes this and says of those who despise the cross that they are the fools, for they are perishing (I Corinthians 1). Yet we must never take our wisdom as an opportunity to boast to those who are perishing, but rather to speak to them as a means of showing them the Truth.
There is something else, though, that must continue to happen if we are to see things as they should be. We need to spend time in the Word, both privately and publicly. We need to have God's Word read, taught, and preached. We need to read it, meditate upon it and pray over it so that, like the Psalmist in Psalm 119:11, we would hide His word in our hears that we might not sin against God.
Because you know, don't you, that if you are being influenced by the world in all of your thinking, then your vision is impaired and your perspective is skewed. In order to begin to understand this vast universe and the greatness of the way in which God designed it, you have to spend time in the Word. If you are a Christian, you will not be satisfied to remain on a diet of milk. No, you need the meat of the Word so that you can begin to see a change in the way you are thinking. And when that occurs the world all of a sudden begins to appear quite odd; everything is upside down, and you are now looking from the right side up position. But don't think that this perspective completely changes over night. It requires feeding upon the Word and digesting it in order to see things as they should be. When that happens you will find that the things of this world on which you spent your time, your resources, your talents, are not important. What is important is to serve Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Lord.
I pray that the world will appear to you more strange every day, and that Christ and his body, the church, will have a greater appeal each day. For after all, if you belong to Christ by faith you will be spending but a short time in this world and eternity with Christ. To that end, Paul says,
"I appeal to you therefore brothers by the mercies of God to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, BUT be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Are you seeking to renew your mind? If so, you have to plant it in the Word in order for it to grow. And when it grows, you will see the world from a whole different, and proper, perspective. Christ and His Church will appear all the more glorious, and the world will appear all the more mournful and sad. God will be on the throne, and you will be in your rightful place in submission to Him. Remember, if you belong to Christ, this world is not your home. We are citizens of a heavenly kingdom and we belong to our heavenly King.