What’s Your Standard?

by Sarah Nelson

As Christians we are blessed abundantly.  One of our greatest blessings is having the living, active, God-breathed Word in our hands when we open our Bible and read His message for us.   It is a source of comfort, guidance, and wisdom.  As it says of itself, God’s Word is perfect and sufficient for each one of us.  Many of us have multiple copies of Scripture in various translations to feed and nourish our souls.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

We are also blessed with many resources that also can encourage us in our walk with God.  Go to nearly any mall and you will find a Christian bookstore filled with marvelous music, dynamic books, spiritual films and Christian artwork to fill our hearts and homes.   May I encourage you today, as I challenge myself, to compare what is offered by even the most well-intentioned of sources with the written, infallible, Word of God?   Does the teaching within a song, book, or movie, detract or go above what the Word teaches?  Does it make us simply feel good, or shamed, complete, or lacking?  Or does it instead point us to the Scriptural truth that we are sinners, saved by grace, and grace alone?

The American College dictionary defines the word standard as follows: Standard – An authoritative model or measure, a pattern for guidance,by comparison with which the quantity, excellence, correctness etc. of other things may be determined.

Sisters, we must always have God’s Word as our standard for living the Christian life.   His Word never changes, yet is ever new.  His Word is always trustworthy, even when our emotions are not.  His Word points us to Him, and what He did on the cross, and not to ourselves and what we have done.  There are many resources that can aid us in our spiritual journey, but they must always echo the standard of truth found in God’s Word.

An old Sunday School song comes to mind, will you sing it with me?  “The B-I-B-L-E, Yes that’s the book for me!  I stand alone, on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E!”  God’s Word, it is a firm and solid place on which to base our lives.  It is a proven standard in which we can fully trust as being God’s message for yesterday, today, and for all time.