What is your standard?

What do you compare yourself with? It is natural for us to compare ourselves with those around us. When we spend time with people we acquire an idea of what is normal. After we have formed this idea, we compare ourselves to that idea. This is part of the power of association. Whether we like it or not, we will become like the people we spend the most time with. That is why it is so important for a Christian to spend quality time with the Lord.

When we compare ourselves to others, we begin to judge ourselves by others. We look around us and say, "Oh, I’m weak in this area, but I’m not as bad as (this or that person) is." This is a grave mistake. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:12, "They measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." We cannot get a proper view of ourselves by looking at others. We must look to Christ. He is holy and He does not change. We must realize that when we fall short of His Word, He does not make exceptions. The kingdom of God is not like a tough class. God won’t throw a curve and judge us by the righteousness of our generation. God will judge us by His righteousness.

So I would like to challenge you, look to the Lord. Ask Him to change your perspective so you see your sin as it is. Let us all find our standard in Christ and not in those around us. As James writes, "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." James 1:25 God promises blessing to those who model their life after Christ. Let us strive to achieve that blessing.

"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps." -1 Peter 2:21


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