The Highest Standard
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of [conduct]; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” I Peter 1:13-16
I grew up in a household that went to church every time the doors were open, and I even worked in the ministries my parents were in. I rode the bus with them, vacuumed the Sunday school classroom, and helped in Saturday morning prayer breakfast. My mom would cook French toast, and I would be her sous chef. I would sometimes attend the Saturday morning prayer, but usually fell asleep until nudged by someone when it was my turn to pray. I knew all the right things to do and I was aware of the standard but often chose my own sinful way.
One day, my dad washed the car and sent me out to finish the job by washing the windows. We were going to a Sun Devil basketball game that day, but I had to wash the windows first. I took the window cleaner and began my task. I was in the zone, cleaning away, and I was motivated by going to the basketball game. I took a good 10 minutes on the windows and ran inside and told my dad I was ready. He came outside to inspect my job and was less than pleased.
He pointed out all the spots I had missed, and I realized I had not done as well as I thought. He would have fired me if I was employed for window washing, but he simply gave me some rags and walked back inside. He told me we were not going to the game until I satisfactorily cleaned the windows. I worked vigorously and looked at the windows from every angle. I took about 30 minutes this time and called my dad for inspection.
He came out and looked at the windows from his own angles, vigorously inspecting them. He gave me the thumbs up and we headed off to the game. Everything was fine until the sun peered into the window. The bright sunshine revealed several spots that I had missed and the haze of other areas that I thought were clean. My dad looked over at me and told me I would need to redo those when we got home. I sunk in my chair and couldn’t believe I had missed those spots. I was so meticulous and careful, but yet I failed in cleaning the windows.
We are often the same way in our Christian lives. We think we are doing everything right and we strive to follow God. We read our Bible, pray and are even faithful to church, but yet the Son reveals areas that we have missed. He shows us areas that we might think are not a big deal or sins that we are quite comfortable with. He reveals our heart motives and as the Son shines brighter, the more areas He reveals. He shows us the sins of our heart and shows us our lust and disobedience. He does not use others to compare us with, but chooses Himself as the standard. He is holy and commands us to be the same.
How do your windows look today, friend? Are they clean from your perspective or have you put them in the bright light of the Son? What is your standard of holiness? Is it God’s standard or are you foolishly comparing yourself with other people? May we be like David when he states in Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” We can fool a lot of people, but we can never fool almighty God. May our windows be cleaned to His standard, and may we be holy as He is holy.
Stay in the fight! Saso