June 11 – Measured By Our Own Standards

A small boy told his mother that he was as tall as the Bible giant Goliath . Investigating why he said this, she learned her son had made his own measuring device- a tiny stick, shorter than a real ruler. We chuckle, but we adults frequently do the same- measuring ourselves by our own standards, and feel quite righteous. We are imitating the Pharisee who prayed “God, I thank You that I am not like other men — extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.” But when measured by God’s standards, it really doesn’t matter that we might not be guilty of some of the things others are. That’s because God sees us, as we really are and informs us that “there is none righteous, no not one” Thankfully, God has provided help in the person of Jesus. He became our substitute, paid the penalty for our wrong-doing. The old hymn says it well, “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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