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Pastor's Perspective by Dr. Teman Knight, Heritage Baptist Church

Written by  Dr. Teman Knight
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Do You Measure Up?


A little boy proudly announced to his dad that he was six feet tall.  His father asked, “How did you determine that?” The little boy replied, “I made me a measuring stick. See, it says I am six feet tall.”  Sometimes we make our own measuring sticks to evaluate ourselves. Often times we compare ourselves to others, and as long as we pick the right people to measure ourselves against, we can measure up. The only problem is we are not compared to our own standards or even other people’s--we are compared to God. 


When Isaiah saw God in the temple, he was overwhelmed by the realization that he would never measure up to God’s holiness. The closer we get to a perfect Holy God the more we see our shortcomings. When Isaiah drew close to God, he recognized his sinfulness and realized the only thing he could do was to cry out for God’s mercy. God forgave him and cleansed Isaiah from his sin.


The Bible teaches that all of us have failed to measure up to God’s standard of holiness. Romans 3:23 states, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Like Isaiah, we need to recognize that there is nothing we can do but throw ourselves on the mercy of God. The Good News is that in spite of our sin, God loves us. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).


We experience this love and forgiveness when we enter into a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. God does for us what we could not do for ourselves. Through the death of His Son, God pays the price for all our shortcomings. This allows us to have a personal relationship with God and be saved through our faith in Jesus.


Unfortunately our struggle with sin does not completely disappear when we enter into a relationship with God. While we become a new creature with the desire to please God, we still struggle with sin in our lives. This sin hurts our relationship with God and others. This sin also damages our testimony and witness to those who do not have a relationship with Christ. For these reasons we must seriously examine our lives and deal with the sin that we find there.


James teaches us that we should examine our lives in the mirror of God’s word (James 1:22-25).  Every time I reflect on His Word, the Holy Spirit reveals areas of my life that need correction. He shows me what I should be doing but have failed to do. He reveals behaviors that I am doing that I should stop. When I listen to the Holy Spirit and follow His Word, then I will be more like Jesus and bring Him glory.


David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.”  God is the only one who can clean our hearts from the filth of our sin.  Turn to Him and experience His forgiveness and cleansing power. Then share the good news of His forgiveness that is found through a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

Dr. Teman Knight is the Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church on Perry Hill Road in Montgomery. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary extension centers in Birmingham and Montgomery. Teman and his wife Darlana live in Montgomery with their daughter Alana. Their son Jay and his wife Leigh live in Birmingham with their new grandson, Adam. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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