Living up to God’s Standards – Part 1

My last blog entry helped set the standard by which we’re to aim at, God’s standard. Just to restate some key concepts from last devotion.

  • Jesus Christ is the image of God (Colossians 1:15; Hebrew 1:3; 2Corinthians 4:4; Philippines 2:6).

  • Mankind was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27).

  • The ultimate aim of Christianity is to be like Christ who is the image of God (Romans 8:29; 1Corinthians 15:49; 2Corinthians 3:18).

Christ alone was able to change the course of history. Christ’s disciples being like him (hence called Christians) became unstoppable even by government authorities of their day. Come to think of it, what if all Christians became like Christ in their walk and talk, what could be of the world today? I once watched a Christian movie I will recommend for those who have seen it called “What Would Jesus Do?” (WWJD). This is good question to ask ourselves in every situation as Christians. The question is a simple guide to help us think, talk and act like Christ but still there is a need for enablement by God himself. It is impossible to live the life of faith by our own effort. Have you noticed that?

In the life we live, either you are guided by the word of God or by the world. By the world, I mean the standards set by human beings. The standard set by people is sinking sand. Think of how many books have been written addressing the same subjects and still more books are being written. However, the word of God has been there over centuries, it has addressed the issues of Moses and Abraham generation and it is still addressing our issues today. Men have fought it yet the word of God still standards. It is the Word of God that will help you see what a life of faith is to be like and how it is done.

Secondly, we have the Holy Spirit who indwells the believer. He is our helper to help us live out a life of faith. He works inside us to make us like Christ (2Corinthians 3:18). God knew it is impossible for us to live holy by ourselves, to pray for our enemies and those who despitefully use us, to love like Christ or even have His attitude, to forgive like he forgives. Due to our inability to do the above, He has given us the enabler. The Holy Spirit empowers us not only to serve God but also to be like him. The work and person of the Holy Spirit will continue to be clear as we continue with our devotions.

In conclusion, the word of God continues to clarify to us what is expected of us by God, what his standards are. As the special revelation from God, the word helps reveal God to us. It acts like a mirror (James 1:22-25) and gives us the right perspective of who we are and who we ought to be. The Holy Spirit is there to enable us to live up to the standard God has set for us according to his Word. The knowledge of God in us should spur joy within us that we are not alone. Have hope that you’re living up to God’s standards if you’re listening to Spirit and the word of God. Have hope that God is the standard by which all things are held up to and that he is working in you and worked for you to meet those standards. Praise God for this gospel truth.

To be continued…

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