Have you ever had a teacher in school that pushed you to do what you didn’t think you could? I had one last year in Biology I. Her standards for the class were higher than any other class I had ever taken. In the beginning I didn’t like being held to her higher standards and I felt it was unnecessary. But because of a teacher who gave out a longer ruler, instead of the average 12 inch, I did what I didn’t think was possible. The same is true in our Christian lives. When standards are set high, people seek to excel. “So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.” (1 Corinthians 14:12). If you had asked me at the beginning of the year if I would have invested so much time and effort into one class, I would’ve said you’re crazy, that’s not possible! The same is true of God. He sets a higher standard so that we can do things we didn’t think possible.
“Well, I know sometimes it feels like I’m carrying around a 20-inch ruler instead of the 12-inch one everyone around me is using.” What is our standard? Must we all carry around 20-inch rulers instead of 12? I think we are all definitely called to carry the ruler that’s longer than those around us. This is hard to do, and just like my Biology class we’re called to do some things we don’t think are possible, but we must have the longer ruler with us at all times. Some might carry the longer ruler for the movies they watch but not the language they use. This is an abomination to the Lord.
“Who can say, “I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin”? Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 20:9-10). The writer here explains that unequal (very different or distinct from one another) measures are an abomination to the Lord. Using that 12-inch ruler for one subject and the 20-inch ruler for another issue is an abomination to God, an object of intense disapproval or dislike. I think we all agree that something God hates this much should be removed from our lives.
So do we measure ourselves by looking to others? Certainly there are strong brothers and sisters in the faith that we can look up to and learn from, but do we use them as our standard? Or do we look at unbelievers to find our standard? If we constantly look at the guy who uses filthy language in Spanish class or the girl ahead of us in the check-out line at Wal-Mart who has an inappropriate top on and compare ourselves to them, then we are missing the point. Paul says this is unwise in 2 Corinthians 10:12: “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
So in closing, where do we, as young Christian women, find this Godly ruler? Do we let some men in Hollywood decide that a certain movie is appropriate for kids 13 and older? Is society allowed to define what is and isn’t a dirty word to use? This list could be never ending. There is only one place to find our standard-the perfect Word of God. “As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: He is a shield to all those that trust in Him” (Psalms 18:30). So as you’re gearing up for school, don’t forget the most important thing on your list: a ruler, longer than all the rest.