Higher Standards

I was reading in Luke chapter 6 the other night. Somehow, the urgency of what Christ was saying leapt out at me in a different way. Paraphrased, verses 32–34 challenge us to raise our standards higher than those in the world around us…
If you love those who love you, who cares? Even sinners do that! If you do good to those who do good to you, so what? Sinners do the same! If you lend to those whom you hope to receive from, what does it matter? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive from them again. But Christians! Love your enemies, do good, lend – hoping for nothing in return!

We need to go above and beyond what the world does. It is our duty – not to follow the lead of the most popular “role model” in society, but to take the lead ourselves. Not to conform to the world’s standards of what’s right and what’s not, but to aspire to reach for God’s best! What good is it if we “do as they do”? “For sinners also do the same”.

How can we measure good by the good that the world does? The world loves those who love them back, but it’s our duty to love those who do not love us at all. The world does good to all who are capable of “returning the favor” – it’s our duty to step it up a notch and do good to those who, not only can’t pay back, but also those who do evil to us. The world lends with usury. We are called – no, required – to lend “hoping for nothing again”. The world prides itself in using vulgar language and talking crudely without shame, but we are to speak with grace, seasoned with salt and use sound speech “that cannot be condemned.”

“And your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest” “For with the same measure that ye use withal it shall be measured to you again”.
Let’s strive to use the longest, broadest measure! Let’s fly the highest standard, wave the biggest banner, sing the loudest song, and serve our King with all that we are worth! What better Crown to fight for?

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