A little boy came into the room where his mother was visiting with a neighbor. His mother proudly announced to the neighbor, “Johnny is growing up so fast.” To which little Johnny quickly added, “yep, now I’m almost nine feet tall and I’m only four.”
“Johnny,” his mother scolded, “You are not almost nine feet tall.” “Uh huh, Momma, I am too,” he replied. His mother firmly asked, “what makes you think so?” “My yardstick says so” was his reply as he quickly raced to his bedroom and came back with a stick that he had been marked off in feet. “See”, he exclaimed as he displayed a stick which was exactly his height. The markings, lined off every few inches, showed the stick was nine feet long. The mother and the neighbor briefly smiled as Johnny ran off to resume his playtime.
Now the point in sharing this story is to remind us that we are not to measure ourselves by our own set of standards or compare ourselves to ourselves. This is especially true spiritually speaking. The standard has already been set. God’s Word is the absolute standard by which we are to be measured as his children.
How are we measuring up? If we find ourselves comparing ourselves to ourselves, or to other people, we may look pretty big. But when we are seen in light of God’s true standard, we must admit we still have a lot of growing up to do.
How do we do that? As believers we are to be growing up in the Lord. In other words, we are to be maturing in those things of God according to His Word and we have been given the Holy Spirit to help us. To learn more about this Spirit-led living, sign up and study course # 20900, Living in the Spirit. There are three lessons taught by Dr. Donald R. Hubbard that teach us of the power of the Holy Spirit given to assist the believer in everyday life. Why not sign up to study it today?