The Ultimate Measure of a Man…

Today God spoke to me about MEASURING. He said this:

Measuring often results in pride. For when my people measure, they either come out above or below the standard they measure against (which is not usually My standard.) Measuring is the precursor for much anger, frustration, offense, arrogance and condemnation, when they hold others (or themselves) to a standard that does or doesn’t get met.”

When we measure ourselves against a standard, we can become arrogant because we exceed the standard, or we can become insecure with low self-esteem because we measure below that standard.

When we measure others against a standard, we often do so in an attempt to INFLATE our view of ourselves. When others don’t meet the standard by which we measure, we feel PROUD that we do. When they exceed the standard by which we measure, we develop expectations from them that usually cannot be met. When those expectations are not met, we become angry, frustrated, and take offense.

The standards we use can be other people, or a value system we put in place as children that does not line up with the Word of God. We are taught to measure from a very young age. We measure everything from spiritual maturity, to possessions, to looks, to accomplishments, to intelligence. Whether ARROGANT or INSECURE, both are rooted in PRIDE (self-focus.) Condemnation usually follows the insecurity, keeping us bound.

When we measure our spiritual gifts against another person’s spiritual gifts, we either get puffed up and haughty, or we look a gift horse in the mouth ( see previous blog post: )

And whether you’ve ever considered this or not, when you measure, it is often evidence of caring what other people think and a subconscious need to impress yourself by impressing others. The Scriptures below remind us that it is not wise  for us to do this. I love the Greek definition for NOT WISE:  [NOT MENTALLY COMPREHENDING; NOT UNDERSTANDING; NOT COMPLIANT IN RELIGIOUS REVERENCE; SOLEMNLY HYPOCRITICAL]. I have included additional definitions to really bring these Scriptures alive:

2 Cor 10:12-13

Limits of Paul’s Authority

12 For we dare not class [JUDGE IN RELATION TO THE REST; CONDEMN; DAMN; CALL INTO QUESTION] ourselves or compare [DISTINGUISH THE CONTRAST or RESEMBLANCE OF] ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring [ASCERTAINING BY A FIXED STANDARD] themselves by themselves, and comparing [DISTINGUISHING THE CONTRAST or RESEMBLANCE OF] themselves among themselves, are not wise [NOT MENTALLY COMPREHENDING; NOT UNDERSTANDING; NOT COMPLIANT IN RELIGIOUS REVERENCE; SOLEMNLY HYPOCRITICAL].

13 We, however [MOREOVER; LIKEWISE], will not boast beyond measure [EXCESSIVELY; BEYOND REASONABLE OR AVERAGE LIMITS] but within the limits [LIMITED PORTION; DEGREE] of the sphere [BOUNDARY; STANDARD] which God appointed us…

Rom 12:3-5

Serve God with Spiritual Gifts

3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure [LIMITED PORTION; DEGREE] of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function [OFFICE; DEED; PERSONAL ASSIGNMENT; CONTINUAL PRACTICE] 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

As Christians, we need to learn to TRUST GOD and serve an AUDIENCE OF ONE, measuring ourselves only against ONE standard… the Word of God, and His plan and purpose for our own lives individually. You won’t look like him or her, your ministry won’t be like his or hers, but that’s okay! It’s not supposed to…


Blessings to you~


About Mary L'Esperance Held

3 Responses to The Ultimate Measure of a Man…

  1. (5) A right standard is important to spiritual stability. Having and using a right standard for effectiveness or success is important to sound spiritual growth, maturity, and effective leadership or ministry. Why? Because without it you will be measuring yourself, your value, your progress, and success by the standards of men and their response to you. Typically, man’s standards are such things as numbers, names, personality, charisma, and the like. This is wrong, it is pure folly. Paul wrote, “For we would not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who recommend themselves. But when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding (unwise)” ( 2 Cor. 10:12 ). Why is it unwise? Because wrong standards of measurement will harm to our ability to serve and do our job as unto the Lord for the blessing of others according to the purpose of God (cf. Jer. 1:17-19 ; 1 Cor. 4:1-5 ; with 2 Cor. 10:10 and 6:11-13). The simple principle is that false standards for success always lead to a number of problems that are detrimental to effective ministry and spiritual well being.

  2. I appreciated this post. I have a big issue with comparing myself to others, and I know God doesn’t want that for any of his children.

  3. Charles says:

    Good reminders….thanks, Mary. During this morning’s devotional time I reflected on some words that Andy Stanley spoke on Matthews 7:2-4 that gave me a different perspective on judging. He referred to sitting in the judgement seat, calling it a choice that we make to sit and either judge ourselves or be judged by what others say about us. And your posting reinforces that when our heart is bent toward God, we quickly see that we don’t even belong on the judgement you note, we simply belong to God!

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