The Highest Standard
“Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11)
Today’s Morsel: When I was in the army, it was not uncommon during higher headquarters inspections to our unit for some soldiers or sections to be rated or the entire unit to be rated as exceeding prescribed standards. Many soldiers were recognized with awards or certificates for going beyond the requirements. What would make them be recognized in this way? In most cases it was commitment to excellence by them and their leadership. Other times it was pride in self and organization. When it comes to the church, God has set a higher standard for all of us. That standard is holiness. The writer of Hebrews informs us, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14) Holiness is being consecrated and set apart to God. It is maintaining a consistent state of His character and righteousness in our life. It’s holding ourselves accountable to what God says that we should be, know, and do. Holiness is not just doing the standard; it’s going beyond the standard and reaching for excellence.
Sing: Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy is the Lord God Almighty. And He’s worthy to receive glory, worthy to receive honor; Worthy to receive all our praise today.
Thought For Today: Holiness … The highest standard in the church.