(Originally posted on WordPress: February 6, 2022)
I know, as we have become enlightened, we've dropped a lot of pharisaical legalism, but we've also picked up a lot of carnality. Well, I still believe there is a standard for the Christian to live by... A plumb line set and determined by God Himself. We are to walk, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
In construction, a plumb line is a standard against which other things are measured. It is established by the force of gravity. We don't determine what is plumb, or standard... The unchanging force of gravity does that, and then builders build their buildings in accordance to the standard that is set. They use the plumb line so that buildings are built properly... Completely leveled, not leaning to one side or the other.
In our Christian lives, God is the unchangeable force that has set the plumb line, the standard by which we are to live and build our lives. That standard is His Word. It's not set to limit or condemn us, because there is no condemnation in Christ, but He has set a plumb line because He cares for us. He's interested in our lives and has a vision and purpose for each of us. Yes, this standard/plumb line uncovers our sins, failings and shortcomings, but it also covers them with grace and mercy, and invites us to grow, develop and mature in our relationship with God! It invites us to strive! It invites us to Level Up!
Isaiah 28:16-17 (MSG)
But the Master, God, has something to say to this: “Watch closely. I’m laying a foundation in Zion, a solid granite foundation, squared and true. And this is the meaning of the stone: a trusting life won’t topple. I’ll make justice the measuring stick and righteousness the plumb line for the building. A hailstorm will knock down the shantytown of lies, and a flash flood will wash out the rubble.