Everyone has a ruler. Whether it’s in your locker, at home with you right now as you you do your homework, or if it’s in your head and you use it to measure your worth with someone else. We all have a ruler. Christians especially have a ruler and they can get a little religious with it…
When I say religious, I am meaning that Christians use this ruler in the way of keeping score with what the religious laws say (or you can also call it religious score board). I see so many Christians bringing it out and measuring how much they’ve sinned or how much their friend has sinned. How to make themselves less than or more than that person, all depending on their mood and how they’re feeling that day.
This ruler is made up of misconceptions of who God really is. The picture so many people paint is this: “God hates sin, so don’t sin. Don’t you dare ever sin. Jesus saved you, so don’t YOU EVER back slide.” Which all of that is true, but they don’t go into more detail stating also: “You will sin and still slip up sometimes after you are born again. It’s a journey and a choice everyday to say goodbye to your past life. Jesus understands this, He understands the struggle. Don’t ever give up, you can do all things through HIM! Even when you mess up. And if you back slide, you can come back home. The Prodigal Son did & so can you.” That’s what some people leave out when they tell you about how God hates sin.
God hates sin not you.
God does hate sin… but He doesn’t hate you. He sent His One and Only Son to die on a cross, for you, so you can be free and not have to measure yourself with other people based on how good or bad you are. Your good deeds are good things to do, but they won’t get you into Heaven only asking Jesus to live inside your heart will get you there. And once you are saved, struggling with things won’t knock you out of Heaven, but you must repent and try your hardest to resist sin. But even if you do slip up, again, you can repent and be saved. You can’t lose this love.
Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!
—2 Corithians 10:12
The ruler drives me insane!!! So many people I know use it (even I myself forget and whip it out every once in a while). I hate how we think we should keep score & act like we still have our old chains on. When we clearly don’t & we’re clearly set free. God doesn’t carry around the measuring stick and keep score why should we?
Read what the verse says again. In the verse it says “…But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!” They are using themselves are the MEASURING STICK, instead of lining themselves up with how God would measure them.
Wait. I didn’t tell you? I thought I did! Oops. God has a RULER too. But His is bigger and better than any other ruler that could ever exist on earth! And in fact, this one works in OUR favor.
God measures us not by what we do, but by what His Son Jesus did. The great love and sacrifice poured out by Jesus on a cross, is what God measures us by. How pure and holy His Son’s Blood is, is what He measures us by.
So now, we don’t have to keep score or use that ruler anymore. We can trade our ruler for HIS. We can change our standards to line up with His. We can look at life how He looks at it: a harvest ready to find redemption and a harvest that still can be found good.
Trade your ruler for His. I promise you, life will be so much better & sweeter if you do.
Xo, -U.C. 💙🎄🎉❄️