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When we, as Christians, function according to the standard outlined in the Bible, all Christians, all over the world, will operate on the same level. We will be recognizable and set apart; as standards not only ensure quality, but it ensures consistency in quality. 

Our inconsistency as Christians is causing the world to mistrust us. We are not maintaining the standard because we no longer know what the standard is. We don’t know what units we are using to measure our Christianity and our walk with God, and as a result we can’t change what we can’t measure. Grace does not remove the responsibility to live according to God’s standard. 

God has standards and expects us to aspire to attain those standards. The first two sons on the Earth, Cain and Abel, were required to bring an offering before the Lord (Genesis 4:1-8). Cain’s offering was not on God’s standard and the offering was rejected. It’s important to note that God did not reject Cain, but his offering. Then, instead of Cain rising to meet Abel’s standard, Cain kills Abel to try and remove the standard. Not operating from the standard God has set for us isn’t sin, but it produces something in us that causes us to sin (Genesis 4:7). 

We must apply God’s Word as a standard and allow the Holy Spirit to lift the standard in our lives; as written in Isaiah, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” 

This blog comes from the sermon titled “Standards” by David Grobler