Last week we left off our thoughts on Lent with examining our lives with respect to the “standard” of God’s Word. Paul’s advice is actually a straightforward and simple guide for us to follow during our journey through Lent.
He asks us to come to God in Humility – “Don’t think you are better than you really are.”
Honestly – “Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves,” and “measure ourselves accurately in Faith.”
Measurement Of God’s Word
Our measurement of our Faith can only be of value if we use a consistent standard and the only standard for Christians is God’s Word.
Let’s consider a day-to-day example to see the value of a consistent standard.
Baseball is America’s game so let’s take a look at how it grows with us from the center of a standard. Depending on the age of the participant, base distances, backstop, and outfield fences can all be different to allow the game to be both fun and competitive. We have seen developments and improvements in baseball that seem to move the game quickly by leaps and bounds.
The players are stronger and faster than ever and increasing their skills every day. Athletes are better than they were a generation ago and vastly improved over several generations. We certainly have better tools and resources, but a consistent measurement has driven the advancement.
The game is a great game because it can be scaled to accommodate all ages, sizes, and ability levels or participants. Depending on age, the base distances, pitchers’ mounds, fences, and backstops can all be adjusted. Even with these accommodations, the advances in the game are not accomplished by simple adjustments of distances.
The one main link between offense and defense that is the exact same for all ages and always has been – HOMEPLATE.
Think how quickly the game would change if the pitchers could widen the plate, and the hitters could shrink it. Homeplate is 17 inches wide – for all ages, and all leagues, it is the standard that is the measurement and center of the game of baseball.
Measurement of God’s Word
Our lives have a standard that has always been there for our measurement – God’s Word. If we change that standard based on our circumstances, our day-to-day emotions, or someone else’s view of the standard, then it is no longer a standard. Once it moves, everything else moves, and our lives quickly would slide into chaos.
May we always approach God’s Word with Humility, Honesty, and the courage to measure our lives by our Faith. We can then look for the improvements in our lives that come only from Faith in God.
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