#230 – Measure Correctly

Good morning people who God wants to use

God asked a disciple named Ananias to pray for Saul, the persecutor of the Christians, after he was blinded on the road to Damascus. Have a look at what Ananias understandably said to God and then God’s response.

Acts 9:13-15 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my Name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.”

God uses the simple things of this world to confound the wise and He chooses broken and flawed vessels to work through. God’s standards and ways truly are higher than ours.

How do we measure things? We either measure things by God’s standards or man’s standards. This is what the Lord spoke to me.

When we measure things by man’s standards, two things happen. Firstly we can never live up to man’s standards; when is it ever good enough? This puts undue pressure on us. Secondly, if you spoke to ten people you would be given ten different standards. Every person has a different measuring rod which only brings confusion.

When we measure things by God’s standards, well then there is incredible freedom. You see God puts no limits on us and what we can do through Him. The only limits we are bound by are those which we so often put on ourselves. The second thing with God’s standards is the currency of exchange. Saul was a persecutor of Christians, but God exchanged Saul’s wickedness for robes of righteousness because of what Jesus had done. This exchange says, “God, give me your perfection and I’ll you my imperfection.” Wow! Praise be to God for His goodness.

Further Reading: Philippians 3:7-11