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02/02/2017

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The Gold Standard


"To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow His steps" (1 Pet.1:21).

Lets play a little game of "fill in the blanks." Hopefully, because of your humility, you will be reluctant to do so, but please indulge me.... Fill in the blanks with the names of someone you know.... Here goes... "I'm better than ________________, but ________________________ is better than me." None of you wanted to put a name in either blank, did you? But in the deepest recesses of your mind, are there a couple of names floating around? For you baseball fans out there, fill in this blank. ___________________________ is the best 3rd baseman to ever play in the Major Leagues. This is an easier blank to fill in, but its not easy either. Why? Humility or statistics aside, the reason it is so hard to fill in the blanks is that there is no gold standard... No one out there lives a perfect life, and even though some come closer than others, we know this; "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." (Rom.3:23). Today's verse gives us the absolutely one and only person who has lived a completely sinless life. Ladies and gentlemen, there is only one gold standard really worthy, of imitation, and that is Jesus Christ. He is every Christian's example. If we hope to spend eternity with the Father in heaven, Jesus pointed the way. "I am the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (Jn.14:6). Now don't get me completely wrong here... In our striving to be like Jesus, we are to display traits that are worthy of imitation, but we could never be the gold standard... Paul even gave an admonition for those who might think too highly of themselves... "We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves, they are not wise" (2 Cor.10:12). I am sure that I have not reinvented the wheel with today's message to use Jesus as our example, but gentle reminders are always needed to help us to keep our eyes on the goal. Comparisons are just that, but the gold standard is never open to conjecture..

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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