Measuring Stick

by Marlin Hoover

Here it is: God does not demand perfection in you. God is not expecting you to measure all the way up. God never thought that you could perfectly live the Christian life, nor does he expect that you could actually meet his holy standards. If he thought that you could, he wouldn’t have come to earth to die for you. But he did. Think about how close to perfect God expects you to live your life.

What do we use as a measuring stick?

Are you just a “church-goer”? A person whose faith doesn’t require anything outside of membership in a church and to attend it’s functions. Do you only judge yourself as a Christian by “church” standards, other Christians’ opinions or family rules. Do we look at membership in a church as evidence of salvation? Is being a Christian easy?

Mark 7: 7 “In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

Does Christ have a bearing in your life? Do you truly love God? Have you been changed inside by the Holy Spirit? Do you care if someone you know is lost? Do you inconvenience yourself to present the gospel to others? Do you suffer in any form for the sake of the gospel? Do you enjoy reading the Bible and take nourishment from it?

Some people think that being a Christian is just being a “pardoned sinner”, but there is a lot more to it than that.

Are we like the Christians in Revelation 3: 1-3?

“To the minister of the Church at Sardis write as follows: “This is what He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars says. I know your doings—you are supposed to be alive, but in reality you are dead. ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. Be mindful, therefore, of the lessons you have received and heard. Continually lay them to heart, and repent. If, however, you fail to rouse yourself and keep awake, I shall come upon you suddenly like a thief, and you will certainly not know the hour at which I shall come to judge you.”

Things don’t get better by chance they get better by change.

What’s changed in your life since you became a Christian?

What do we use as a measuring stick?

What does God use as a measuring stick?