March 3, 2008, 5:00 am
Filed under: Devotions

by Caleb Hancock

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What standards are you measuring yourself by?

For example:

  • Is there a minimum grade point average that you have to keep for a scholarship?
  • Is there a specification for a material that you make at work?
  • Or one that affects most all of us, is there a maximum amount that you drive over the speed-limit before you believe that you deserve a ticket?

 Usually all of these standards have a little cushion or range of acceptable limits. Whether that be a 3.0 GPA, (+) or (-) 5 lbs of pressure, or 5-10mph over, respectively.The important question that you need to ask yourself in all of these situations is not what you FEEL are the standards, but what ARE they really.When it comes to our Creator, He set the standards at perfect obedience to His laws. How is that possible? How can God expect anyone to realistically keep that standard?If you are asking those questions, it may be because you don’t have a right view of God, or of your sin. I read recently this quote from Jerry Bridges in The Gospel for Real Life: “When we think that the Law of God is too rigorous or its curse too severe, it is because we don’t understand God or the nature of sin. God is transcendent in His majesty and sovereign in his authority. Every sin, be it ever so small in our eyes, is an assault on that authority. In effect, we are saying, “I don’t care what You say. I will do as I please this time.” Furthermore, God has commanded us to be Holy as He is Holy. Therefore, each sin is an insult to His character. It’s as if we’re saying to God, “I don’t want to be like You.” Think what a rebellious affront it would be for a child to say that to his parent.In the final analysis, however, we should not try to justify God for the exactness of His Law or the severity of its sanctions. After all, God is God; He is the Creator. He is the One who brought the whole universe into existence by His spoken command. He is the One on whom each of us depends for life and breath. He is the One who has the absolute right to establish the rules of the game, the laws by which we are to live. .And He is the One who has the right to attach sanctions to those laws for breaking them.”Let that sink in. God has set the standards, as is His right. And He has set them at perfect obedience. Where does that place you and me? In a bad place, that’s where!!!! Romans 6:23 says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”That’s right. You read it correctly. It said all, and that means you!!!! We deserve punishment from God for our sins. That is what we have earned by breaking His standards. But the good news this morning, and everyday, is found in the verses following the one we read a second ago, “…and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” I’ll let Mr. Bridges bring this guy home, “We should never cease to be amazed that  the One who established the Law and determined its curse should Himself ransom us from that curse by bearing it in our place.” 


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right on. love me some jerry b. thanks calbe.

Comment by joshcan

AMEN! dude that rocked my socks off. Well put Caleb.

Comment by Kip Packer

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