The Right Spiritual Yardstick

The Right Spiritual Yardstick

Often when reading my bible, I am humbled by the faith of those who came before me. In Romans 9:3, Paul shares that he would have given up his own salvation if that could somehow help others to be saved. What an overflowing heart he must have had. I honestly cannot imagine having that much love.

In 1 Corinthians, Paul is willing to make another sacrifice for his brethren. This time it concerns eating meat sacrificed to idols. There was a concern this practice could cause non-believers to misunderstand, creating a stumbling block in their path toward salvation.

Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. – 1 Corinthians 8:13 (NKJV)

Today we don’t face this issue, but it does make me wonder how I would react if I was called to give up eating meat for the sake of the lost souls around me. I believe I would do it if called, but would I have the right heart about it? I felt grateful when I came to a passage in second Peter that helped make this clearer for me.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 1:5-8 (NIV) emphasis added

From this I understand that I am not called to measure myself against the Apostle Paul, but against myself. If I am constantly striving to increase in my spiritual gifts, then I am doing what God called me to do. That defines success for me. The yoke truly is easy if I can keep the right perspective on my Christian walk.