As we live our lives, love our homes, and lead our churches, there are many ways in which we can determine our direction. There are plenty of opinions out there, but is God’s Word reliable enough to transcend those fleeting thoughts?
My standard will be inside me, beside me, behind me, or above me.
Each of us has a standard. It is the basis on which we make ethical decisions. It is the benchmark by which we determine where and how far to jump. But where does the standard come from?
Our standard for morality will come from 1 of 4 places:
- Inside me – If my standard comes from inside me, I am trusting on my rationale. I am leaning in on my feelings. I am basing my standard of morality based upon what feels right or seems logical to me.
- Beside me – If my standard comes from beside me, I am bending to cultural or peer pressure. As I walk alongside others, I allow their standard to become my own.
- Behind me – If my standard comes from behind me, I am allowing my experiences and traditions to guide me. The past dictates the future.
- Above me – If my standard comes from above me, I am submitting to something greater than and outside of myself. The standard does not come inside me, beside me, or behind me, it is something greater than and above me.
In a Christian’s context, that standard must be the Word of God. The Bible is living and active (Heb. 4:12). This ancient document is more relevant than any document written today.
- It is profitable for teaching since it comes from the mouth of God (2 Tim. 3:16).
- While written years ago, it was written for our current instruction (Rom 15:4).
- It is more powerful than a rock or a fire (Jer. 23:29).
- God’s words will never pass away (Matt. 24:35).
- His words bring success (Josh. 1:8).
- They bring delight to our hearts (Jer. 15:16).
- We must pay attention to it so we don’t drift away from it (Heb. 2:1).
- God’s Word is perfect (Ps. 19:7).
- Obedience to God’s Word brings about blessing (James 1:25).
- God’s Word is the truth needed to work on us (John 17:17).
You can try to ascertain truth inside you or collaborate truth beside you or repeat the truth behind you, but ultimately, you need to submit to the truth above you.
The ethical standard in our culture changes by the day.
The moral expectations are changed more often than your wardrobe.
The church trends bounce around to whatever is expedient.
In a world of changing concepts, I encourage you to allow your life, home, and church to be led by a scriptural standard.
I can promise you this truth: no one’s ideas will surpass God’s brilliance.
My standard will be inside me (feelings), beside me (culture), behind me (traditions), or above me (Scripture). Which one is guiding you as you live your life, love your home, and lead your church?
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.