A little boy announced to his mother, “”I’m like Goliath. I’m nine feet tall.” “What makes you say that?” asked his mother. The tyke replied, “Well, I made a little ruler and measured myself with it, and I am nine feet tall!”
Although the child’s measurements were accurate, his ruler was defective. He was like many people who fail to see their need of salvation because they measure themselves by a faulty standard. By looking at their peers and comparing their own behavior with others who have done worse than they have, they conclude that they are not so bad after all. But such pride is demolished when people compare themselves with a perfect standard of righteousness.
When the prophet Isaiah saw the Lord in all His glory, he exclaimed, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, … For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5). And according to Romans 3:23, we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. These two verses reveal how we measure up spiritually in God’s sight.
Those who have never given their lives to Christ, and who recognize how far short of God’s standard they fail, can place their trust in Christ and enjoy the true righteousness found in Him. When we measure our morality against that of other sinners, we are “not wise.” We are using the wrong standard of measurement. – Richard W. De Haan
If we could merit our own salvation, Christ would not have died to provide it.
- July 12, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread