During this pandemic we hear so many people believing what others have to say about things in life. We keep hearing “this person says this and that person says that”, but we need to question what we are choosing to believe with the word of God.
We find truth in the word of God.
Throughout the bible we have heard Jesus declaring the truth over words spoken. We hear Jesus saying over and over again “you have heard that, but here is what I say”.
Jesus taught the truth everywhere He went. This truth is something that we all need to hear over our lives. This is important for us as we need the truth to walk in and by God’s standards.
Sometimes people set standards in their lives that are so high and hard to reach. They spend so much time and energy trying to meet these standards but then are crushed when they fail and can’t meet those standards.
Jesus sets standards that are achievable. Jesus overlooks our shortcomings. He sees when we are working hard to meet His standards and He has mercy on us when we struggle or fail. He shows us by example how to uphold God’s standards for godly living.
Jesus was not here to do away with the law, but He came to add to the law that we are to live by.
Standards are a problem today. God’s standards are being lowered and being watered down to please people, to make people feel included, to not offend people, etc. However, this is displeasing to God.
God’s standards do not change!
We need to teach His standards. We need to uphold His standards. We need to keep His standards. We need to honour His standards.
The church needs to keep godly morals, values, standards in their daily lives.
We need to be accountable and check ourselves with God’s standards and see how we are measuring up. So many times people are measuring and comparing themselves to themselves, and not God’s standards, and thus living by their own standards; and this is not a wise thing to do.
2 Corinthians 10:12 says “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.”
We will be judged by the way we have kept ourselves; if we have followed God’s standards or not. The law is the law; and Jesus sets His standards.
Matthew 5:17-20 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus always referred to the Old Testament in His sayings and words. Jesus identifies Himself with those who attempt to live up to His standards. In doing so, that others may believe.
Let us be encouraged to attempt to live up to God’s standards. For this is a wise thing to do!
(notes taken by Julie English on Ps. Billy English’s message on God’s Standards)