With all that practice, shouldn’t a seasoned carpenter be able to simply take a good look, mark, cut, place and nail without a measuring tape or level? Not exactly. The experienced builder knows that optical illusions abound when simply “taking a good look” and a proven standard is far better.
So, when it comes to being a disciple of Christ, what’s our real standard? Is it the specific truth of scripture, or something that “appears level”, or “looks about right”? It’s tempting to gravitate toward the verses we prefer and simply create our own spiritual “ethos” based on the principles that challenge us the least. However, Jesus taught a complete approach to the life of a disciple. For example, most people agree that lying, stealing, murdering or committing adultery are wrong, but Jesus taught that even contemplating those things is an issue (Matt. 5:28).
Each day can be filled with its own “optical illusions”…what standard will you use?
“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” –Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV