Plumb Line Purity


We are each required to “measure up” to certain expectations.    Some children are held to an academic minimum by their parents.   Employees are expected by their boss to maintain a specific level of performance.    Sometimes there are “standards of excellence” posted for people to follow and live up to.

Even God gave us such a list of standards; we call it the Ten Commandments.      God measures us by a plumb line that is nearly impossible to live by.    That is the reason He gave us a Savior who forgives us for failing to “measure up.”

God told the prophet Amos that He was going to measure Israel.

The Lord was standing there by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand.    The LORD asked me, “What do you see, Amos?” I replied, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “I am setting a plumb line among My people Israel; I will no longer spare them: Amos 7:7-8 (HCSB)

   PLUMB LINE          The plumb line that God sets for us is a straight and narrow path that no person except God Himself has ever been able to walk.    To do so would require a person to be totally righteous.     But God’s Word reminds us of our frailty:

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Romans 3:10 (KJV)    

             We should attempt to walk that line… every day.      Even knowing that we will fall to one side or another, we are called to walk that line.

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.   1 John 5:3 (KJV)  

 So what happens when we fall off the line?    This is where the wonderful grace of God comes into play.    He knows that you are trying to walk that line; and He will forgive your failures.

God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.   1 John 4:9 (HCSB)  

About Keith A. Rothra

Keith serves as pastor of Judson Community Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, and teaches political science at LeTourneau University and Kilgore College. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children and six grandchildren.

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