Measuring the soul

Someone recently commented that my suit coat often looks as if it is a “regular” instead of  a “short” size.

On many occasions, size escapes me. Unless someone puts a measuring tape up against me, it is very possible to get the wrong size. For some reason, I still think my waistline is six inches smaller than it is.

If anything is measured, it must be done by a standard. In London and Paris, there are standards for the inch, foot, meter, and kilogram. In the United States, we still use the English system of measurement and have not converted to the MKS system that utilizes the meter, gram and liter.

The standard that must be used when taking stock of ourselves spiritually must be God’s word. Jesus said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day,” (John 12:48). No other standard is acceptable.

The problem with some folks measuring their souls is similar to my problem with the measuring tape. So seldom have I applied the tape to my waist, I’ve really no conception of how much I’ve “grown” around the middle. Some folks are so unaware of God’s word, they are completely unable to understand how small their souls have become.

While there is only one way to measure our waistline, there are a number of ways to measure the soul using the standard of God’s word. We need to measure our devotion. Remember Luke 9:23ff? “And he said to them all, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take us his cross daily and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?’”

When we apply this standard of measurement to ourselves, what is the size of our souls? Are we devoted to the Lord so completely that our life belongs to him? Are we taking up a cross daily and following him? What is the measurement?

It’s time to go get the measuring tape.