What a great series to be a part of. Some of our bloggy sisters are having a great series to start of the new year with spiritual steps. I think this is a good thing..a very good thing.
My step, in this first week of the series, is to use the measuring tape of Jesus, instead of the measuring tape of the Law. (but the measuring tape of the Law is permanently affixed to the inside of my pocket!...oh yeah that's right...because I'm a sinner.)When I use Jesus' measuring tape, everyone in Christ measures up. Phew*... that sure takes the pressure off. No more pressure to wonder if my friends and family live up to a standard. No more pressure for me to be concerned about if I am friends with the right or wrong people. With Jesus' measuring tape, I can love without the pressure of 'religion'. I don't mean free from God. I don't believe 'religion' and God are the same. With Jesus' measuring tape I can keep my eyes on Jesus and not on everyone else's lives.
(deep sigh of relief)
Maybe.....just thinking here...hmmm...when people want to point fingers at us...perhaps we can say .."In Christ I am perfect. Because of Him, I measure up. Have I sinned against you? If so, I am genuinely sorry. Please forgive me."
If people want to point fingers (and we're all guilty of it from time to time) then I resolve to walk away from it. (deep sigh...) Walk away and leave them to their finger pointing session. I have Someone wonderful to look at, and He measures me as His. (Did I just point my finger at people pointing fingers?) Glad I bought the CD, Sarah Mae recommended. ;O) (sometimes we pull out the wrong measuring tape. It feels the same, it may look similar, but the measurement is different.)
Golly, we humans are just awful aren't we? *note to self..."Lisa, turn the finger and point to yourself...then redirect your eyes to Jesus."