and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Have you ever found yourself thinking that you do not measure up to others? You do everything you can think of to fit in, to look as good as… and to be as smart as them… only to never seem to measure up. I am currently thinking back to a day that the Lord set me free from this kind of thinking. I am not saying that I do not tend to creep back into that thought process sometimes. I praise God that He draws me back! The question we need to ask is where do we get our standard of measure? We can get it from the world or we can get it from God’s Word. Perhaps it may not be this way for you, but for me the shiny things of this world can, if I am not careful, turn my gaze in its direction. These things are tempting and enticing to the flesh. My eyes were often turned the wrong way. One day while I was driving, and listening to a sermon on the radio,the speaker said these words: “The world will out world you every time.” The moment he spoke those words the Lord pierced my heart, and I understood that my eyes were on the wrong things! I could never measure up to the worlds expectations. The people of the world are always changing and looking for the next big thing! However, God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow!
“What is our standard of measurement?”
As believers our standard of measure is Jesus Christ! Our focus should be on Him continually. If we turn to the left or to the right the world will grab us. Proverbs 4:25-26 says, ” Let your eyes look directly in front of you. And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established.” Hebrews 12:2 commands us to, “Fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Listen to what 2 Peter 1:3 says,” seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” As a believer in Jesus Christ, God has granted to us EVERYTHING we need for life and godliness! We need not look to the world. After all, what does this world offer? Death and destruction! We know from 1 Peter 5:8 that our adversary, the devil, prowls around looking for someone to devour. Peter, states that we should be of sober spirit and we should also be on the alert. We must remember that our gaze should be on Christ. Christ is the Light of the world. Satan appears as an angel of light. He makes all the things of this world look good but their end is destruction.
1 John 2:15-17 teaches this,” Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lusts of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”
Do not love the world which is deceitful, dark and passing away, but Love the Son who is Truth and Light and gives eternal life!