How High?

When we look at ourselves and measure the goodness we think we have, do we use the right standard or do we simply compare ourselves relative to others who miss the mark also? If we do the latter we can always find someone who, at least on the outside, seems to be “worse” than we are. This leaves us feeling pretty good about our state or condition, makes us think no change is required, and we go on about our business. Most of us live our lives in this mindset- consciously or not- and this is why we mistakenly believe we have no need of salvation.
Think of it like this. If you have a friend, relative, coworker or boss who you compare yourself to and you consider them to be a 10- or 20-story building (depending on your estimation and kindness), you are probably tempted to view yourself in a more flattering light. Whether you are right or wrong in your comparison, you view yourself to be the Empire State Building with all its 102 stories. That’s quite a disparity and you are clearly the winner in this estimation (it’s easy to see ourselves this way, and we can justify it or rationalize it all day long).
But the problem we overlook in this process is that we don’t recognize the standard- Almighty God, His ways and laws. If our 10-story acquaintance and our 102-story self fail to see that, despite the “huge” difference, it is inconsequential and even unnoticeable when compared to the fact that God’s throne is in the highest heaven and the earth is His footstool. The sun is 93 million miles away and above, and it is below the Almighty. But if we were able to get that high above our atmosphere and look down, the difference between you and the person you’re comparing yourself to and measuring your imagined goodness against wouldn’t be noticeable at all- and that’s even if that difference were true.
So we have a choice to make. We can keep on deceiving ourselves that we are basically good people. (The truth of the Bible doesn’t teach this). Or we can realize our low, sinful state and humble ourselves before Jesus Christ who alone is able to forgive us, grant us repentance and give us everlasting life. As He told the woman who was caught in the act of adultery, “Go and sin no more.” He tells us the same thing. We cannot continue in sin and be cleansed of our unrighteousness. We must turn away from our old lives (the ones we are currently living) to follow Him and live according to His perfect ways. Then when Jesus returns- and that day is VERY soon (almost any true believer would tell you it’s within our lifetime!)- you won’t have to run for the hills, cower in fear and shame, live through the horribly prophesied tribulation period, or be afraid of death. You can, instead, rejoice knowing that your name has been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Get right with the King today. It is what He lived and died for. You can’t earn it. You don’t deserve it. But it is and always was His plan for you and He loves you!!!

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