The first line on the tablet is written by the master.
The second line is the scholar’s attempt to copy the first line.
Each further line is another reproduction,
but it is clear to see that the reproduction is not of the first line,
but of the previous line.
Consequently, each line shows a wider divergence from the original pattern.
We look at the first line and we see the master’s work.
We look at the second line
and see a reasonable likeness with slight flaws.
We look at the next line and see similarities with obvious flaws.
We look at the last line
and we see something very far removed from the original.
Christians, do we tend to look at the wrong pattern
and thus produce an imperfect copy?
Do we allow other people’s standards to influence us?
Do we allow the worldly concepts portrayed on TV
to influence our actions?
DO WE REPRODUCE THEIR IMPERFECTIONS?
We all know people whom we believe to be “great” Christians.
We admire them and want to live like them, having the faith they show.
However, much as we admire aspects of their lives,
they are an imperfect reproduction of the Master.
No matter how “great” they are, if we desire to be like them,
we are using the wrong standard!
We are like the little boy who exclaimed he was over five feet tall. The problem? He was using a six inch ruler! He was using a wrong standard. We have only ONE standard and when we look elsewhere, we will be deceiving ourselves while on a downhill track.
We need to
KEEP OUR EYES ON THE MASTER
We must focus on HIM
and maintain our focus on HIM ALONE
and NOT on ANY living person,
no matter how good an example we believe him/her to be.
Looking unto JESUS
1 Peter 2:21
Follow His steps
Till we all come . . . unto a perfect man,
unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ
or as the Amplified puts it:
the completeness of personality which is
nothing less than
the standard height of Christ’s own perfection