I measured a room this week. We are in the home study process for a forthcoming adoption, and we wanted to be sure that the room where our new family member will live meets the standards set up by our state.

We measure lots of things. One of our favorite things to measure is the growth of the children. Some entrepreneurs have capitalized on this desire to measure and created colorful measuring charts to hang on the wall (some are even in the shape of happy animals) so that we can keep periodic measurements of the kids. Some families have the kids stand at the same doorpost every year to mark with ink this year’s growth in height. This post will never see paint because it bears the family record.

Whenever we embark on a new task, we want to figure out just how to measure up. What score should I make? How many widgets must I produce? What are the expectations I must live up to?

Interestingly enough, in the one area where we want most to “measure up” we will always fall short. That is in the arena where eternal life is earned. I will never be good enough, smart enough, or rich enough to earn, trick, or buy my way into heaven. I will always fall short of the measuring standard because that standard is Jesus—Perfection Personified. That’s hard to take. But wait! There’s good news! Even though I don’t and can’t measure up, Jesus (the measuring stick Himself) is good enough—perfect enough—to lift me up to the standard. And He’s powerful enough to lift you up to the standard as well. With Jesus, we can measure up with room to spare! (And by the way, the room measured up with space to spare!)

 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24)

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