Taller or Wider?
Actually, we are all experts at fooling ourselves. Most of us think
we are pretty good people. We can all point to someone who is worse than
we are, and we can look back at improvements we have made in our lives or
things we have done to make someone else's life better. But when it comes
to measuring up to God's standards we all fall short. What is God's
standard, you ask? In Matthew chapter five Jesus defines a moral standard
far higher than anyone in that day had imagined. It includes our attitudes
and private thoughts as well as our actions. Then He concludes the chapter
with the words Be perfect.
Some people argue that He didn't mean absolute moral perfection, but only
meant that we should do our best. But the context of the verse gives the
standard we need to measure up to: Be perfect, therefore, as your
heavenly Father is perfect. You can't get much plainer than that.
Made up your mind yet? Ok, here's the answer: all three hats are shorter
than they are wide! Hard to believe? If you doubt it, get out a ruler and
measure them. It's just a trick of our eyes that makes them look taller
than they are.
So what hope is there for any of us? The Bible clearly states that all
have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But it goes on to
explain that Jesus took our sins on Himself and offers us His
righteousness . . . absolute moral perfection!!!
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