Comparatively Speaking

It is normal in today’s society to compare yourself among the others in the crowd.  Either by looks, material possessions, who you are associated with or color of your skin, there are criteria and worldly standards in which all are used to compare one another with. Christians today, have fallen into this trap to the point far greater than those in the last few generations.  As Christians see themselves far better than the lost in society, they have distanced themselves farther from those who need Christ the most.  Sadly, these Christians are isolating themselves within their own circles.  Comparing Christians to the Pharisees whom were the elite among God’s chosen race, most have taken on this persona and don’t even know it.  But speaking of comparison within the Christian community, Christians are building themselves up by comparing themselves up into this false sense accomplishment in a sort “one upping” one another by the exterior behavior they display.  They have taken from one from society’s page and have been comparing one another by their exterior actions, words and even fashion only to show that they indeed have not done as they expected by God in pleasing and bringing the honor that is deserved to Our Great Lord.

As I was reading Ephesians 4:1, I took into every word and meditated on them and it drew me to the conclusion that as Christians we have must maintain a higher standard than anything that can be approved by man or what society may deem as good and acceptable.  When Paul, wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 4, he said in the first few words “Therefore I, the prisoner of the LORD”, showing his position in relation to Jesus Christ.  The biggest issue today in Christianity is a wrong view of God and a wrong view of man.  You cannot bring God to man’s level nor can you take man up to God’s level.  As a Christian, you are basically  slave and have been bought for a price (1 Cor. 6:20).  You now belong to Christ, you are His captive prisoner.  The standard has been set by Him and how you are to handle yourself is in Scripture and there are no standards of which this world can ever claim that can be to the level God requires of His own.  The Bible dictates your position not the world.  Paul goes on and says that he “implores you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling”.  The Greek for the word for implore, is in the present tense and an imperative meaning, it is a command that action needs to be taken and needs to be taken seriously.  The imperative is not meant to be a suggestion nor an idea that you “should” do something but it is a direct order that God has demanded upon you to act on.  God’s design for your life is set in  Scripture and what is best for you has been delivered in the writings of His Word.

So what are you suppose to be taking seriously?  Your walk.  Apostle Paul continues in the verse saying how we are to conduct ourselves as Christians when he said “in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called”.  The worthy manner has to be an outward behavior that is pleasing to God on display for His glory.  It is your faith shown in times of good and times of trouble on display to the world.  The sole purpose is to show the world what Christ did on your behalf for your undeserved salvation by God’s grace.  It is not supposed to be a popularity contest but a master and slave type of relationship where your top priority in this life on earth is honoring God in all you do.

The calling which Paul described here is the calling for your salvation by God.  It is the predestination of those He has elected to be His.  He has predestined and called us before the foundations of the world (Eph. 1:4).  God called you for a reason and that is to bring Him glory.  Grasping the magnitude of this might be a challenge for our miniscule finite minds but if you can just imagine the undeserved love, mercy and grace that God extended to us who He calls His own, you might have a greater desire to shape your life in a fashion that allows God the receive all the glory and not ourselves.

This is this basis that all Christians are to be compared by, within the church body and in the world.  It is His standards that we Christians must all adhere to.  We are called to look at ourselves regularly to see if we are in the faith (2 Cor. 13:5), “Test yourselves {to see} if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you–unless indeed you fail the test?” 

Nothing that is man made holds any weight to the standards that The Creator, Our God Almighty desires for all of His own.

 

In Christ <><

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