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Topic: Measure (01/10/13)
By Bill Dotson
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How we dress in church, how we act in public, how we talk, our ethics, sportsmanship, and manners. Where did it all come from? Things we will do and things we won’t do, things we will or will not allow, or the limits to how far we will go. Will you allow yourself to act one way in one place or around some people and not in other places or before other people? Does the country you’re in make any difference? Does family make any difference? When is it OK to break your standards or go beyond your limits, or is it OK? How strict are you on yourself? Do your standards change? Does it make any difference in this messed up world? Who cares…it’s your life isn’t it?
Where do we get our standards? Mom and Dad, (or maybe it’s Mom OR Dad), Grandma and Grandpa, or other relatives? Do they come from Sunday school or church? Do your standards come from where you live, from your friends, TV, music, or books? What is the measuring stick that you go by? And…are you measuring up?
Well, I’ve asked a lot of questions here and hopefully I’ve gotten you to think about your life and self-imposed or inherited standards that apply to you. What’s the answer? I think you know where I’m going with this. It is your life and it DOES matter because people are watching you and depending on you. Jesus should be our standard; the measuring stick we should be trying to live up to. We were all born with a purpose. Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.” (John 15:16). He wants us to produce good things and how do we accomplish that? “For God called you to do good… He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21, NLT). Follow Him, do what He did, say what He said, live like He lived, and we will get results like He got. Those should be our standards.
I hope we will all take another look at our set of standards and do a personal assessment of how we measure up. How far we are up the standard ladder will be different for most of us but we all need to continue striving for the top. Jesus will be there to help us and teach us how to get to the next level. Set your standards high and do not compromise them. The apostle Paul advises us, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24). I’ll let you in on a little secret…if we run the race according to the standards; we’ll all get the prize.
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