We all live by standards.
We may not realize it, but we all have a set of standards that govern what we do, where we go, and how we live.
Standards determine what is normal and acceptable for us. They influence the choices that we make.
Overall, standards set the criteria for our choices and behavior. If we set high standards in a particular area, we are more likely to experience great success in that area. If our standards are lower, then we will not be as successful.
Michael Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. There is no doubt that the standards he set for himself in practice, physical conditioning, and commitment to the game of basketball enabled him to perform at an extremely high level on the court. High standards translate to success.
This is true in the Christian arena as well. As believers, we are to have a set of standards in place to govern our choices and decisions. If we don’t live according to the standards of God, we will find ourselves in unsuccessful places consistently.
Since standards determine how we view opportunities, make decisions, and build relationships, our standards should line up with God’s standards.
We can find God’s standards in the Bible. We are told that, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT). When we do not use God’s word as the standard for our lives, we find ourselves unsure and fearful.
Have you ever faced a difficult decision or situation? Most of us have.
When difficulties arise, we instinctively pray, asking God to intervene. Prayer is the venue by which we seek to know the perfect will of God regarding a matter. We pray because we don’t know what to do, and we need help.
Often, many of us are afraid and unsure as we navigate the troublesome time. We don’t really know what God is saying or doing. This fear, anxiety and uncertainty come because we don’t truly have a standard set to govern our thoughts in difficult times.
When the word of God is the standard for your life, you will find that you have the answer already. It’s in the word of God. There’s no need to stress or fear. We can confidently apply the word of God to the matter and rest in the assurance of knowing that God watches over his word to perform it.
Get to know the word of God so that you can use it as the standard in your life.