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God cares about measurements! Do you?
How do you fulfill the principles of honest measurement in these verses?
The Apostle Paul wrote, “[Church leaders are] to prepare God’s people
for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until
we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God
and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of
Christ.” (Ephesians 4.11 – 13, NIV)
Paul also cautioned us to “Be honest in your estimate of yourselves.”
(Romans 12.3, NLT) echoing what Jesus said to the religious authorities
of his day:
A person making things up tries to make himself look good. But someone
trying to honor the one who sent him sticks to the facts and doesn’t
tamper with reality. (John 7.18, MSG) It’s a well-known and
too-often-quoted axiom that you can make statistics say anything you
want, but God doesn’t seem to want us to do that. In fact, he is
explicit in Leviticus 29:35 – 36:
Don’t cheat when measuring length, weight, or quantity. Use honest
scales and weights and measures. I am GOD, your God. I brought you out
of Egypt. (Leviticus 29.35 – 36, MSG)
Do you try to measure the hard aspects of ministry?
Do you measure honestly?
Do you measure appropriately?
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