With all that practice, shouldn’t a seasoned carpenter be able to simply take a good look, mark, cut, place and nail without a measuring tape or level? Not exactly. The experienced builder knows that optical illusions abound when simply “taking a good look” and a proven standard is far better.
So, when it comes to being a disciple of Christ, what’s our real standard? Is it the specific truth of scripture, or something that “appears level”, or “looks about right”? It’s tempting to gravitate toward the verses we prefer and simply create our own spiritual “ethos” based on the principles that challenge us the least. However, Jesus taught a complete approach to the life of a disciple. For example, most people agree that lying, stealing, murder or adultery are wrong, but Jesus taught that even contemplating those things is an issue (Matt. 5:28).
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