we are absolutely obsessed with measuring things.
time, temperature, calories etc- how much? how many? how long?
and we also compare and measure ourselves by and with each other…
it starts with measuring your height on the door post as you grow and making marks as you get taller- then your cousins come by and start making comparisons and measuring to find out who is the tallest and who is the oldest.. and on and on…
step on any school bus and you will see a remarkable pecking order. (terrifying really, depending on where you end up-) but that’s a whole different therapy session.
If you find yourself high up, on whatever scale your measuring by, you get to rule (pun intended) -‘give him an inch and he thinks he’s a ruler’-
So, let’s talk about the EQUALIZER…
there is something that brings real stark and shocking equality to all of us.
I am a Christian and a follower of Jesus and it might seem like I would say the equalizer is that “all have sinned-” from Romans chapter 3 … but its not that-
It’s Jesus- He says, ‘All that come to me, I will in no wise cast out‘ (John chapter 6)
while it’s true that all have sinned- and God does not view some sins worse than others- like we do, and God does not measure how many sins you’ve done- one is the same as millions- Yet, when we turn to God and ask for forgiveness- you get the same, ‘immeasurable’ outpouring of grace that comes from Jesus. The bible even says in John 3 that Jesus was full of the spirit…’without measure’
The measuring thing will drive you nuts. You cannot earn God’s love- because He already loves you- (He is not going to stop loving you. -weird right? but- totally true) (Romans 8)
We cannot measure up- and we don’t have to- Jesus measures down to us- and is available to everyone (all) and if you need more Jesus- no problem, just ask.
God told Cain in the garden- if you do what’s right, you will be accepted (so simple)
Jesus came and personally showed the simplicity of the whole message- ‘unless you come like little children…’
February is ending. Crack open that Bible to John and get to know who Jesus really is and what He says for yourself.
there is no sign in heaven that says ‘YOU MUST BE THIS TALL TO ENTER’