Deuteronomy 25:13 Different Weights

Measuring weights

Do not have two differing weights in your bag–one heavy, one light. Deuteronomy 25:13

It is common for people to have different standards for different people. They do not treat each person equally. For one person, they are very generous and kind, while to the next person, they are stingy and tight-handed. They change as to how they act or react according to who they are around.

There are businesses that have different standards of prices depending on who is doing the purchasing. For one group of people, the price is one set price. For everyone else it is a different price. This can be seen as differing weights

During the time of Moses, weights of things was used to determine the price of something. They weighed out gold, silver, grains, and other items to pay people. Each business person was to carry a set of weights with him to make the measurement and payments. One would often carry two different sets of weights, one light, one heavy. When selling something, they would use one set of weights demand more payment. When purchasing something, they would use the other set of weights to spend less.

God did  not like this practice. People were not treating others equally or fairly. They were cheating other people out of what they deserved.

Jesus treated every person equally. He did not walk around with different weights in how he worked with people. Everyone was treated the same.

Although there are many laws for businesses in how to do business, there are many people who still cheat others out of what they are due. They treat different people differently, taking advantage of some, while being generous to others. Sometimes this is with money, but it is more common with general actions.

This can be seen in churches. One who comes in dressed very nicely is treated much differently than the person dressed very sloppily.

As a believer, you should live your life as Jesus did. Treat every person equally with His great love and generosity. Do not treat each person differently. Every person is the same in God’s eyes, either they are a lost child, or a found child. God loves each one the same.

God does not want you to have different weights in your bag. It is not how He acts.

Are your weights the same as God’s? Or are they different like the world’s?

I pray today that you will know how God treats people; that you will love as God loves; that you will keep the same standards as God’s with every person; and that you will treat people with God’s great love. 

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2 Peter 3:11 How To Really Live Life

 

Destroyed world

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 2 Peter 3:11

All over the world there is violence and destruction occurring. Much of that destruction is at the hands of people towards other people. The violence level is always increasing, making this world a dangerous place to live. Violence is a common sight for many people.

Along with the violence, there is the destruction of this world occurring. People are always talking about extinction of animals and plants, earthquakes, fires, and other destructive forces in this world. Blame is placed up people that the earth is falling apart.

There is great fear that the world will freeze, or overheat because of pollution. Good water is scarce in parts of the world and blame is put on people.

These things are happening because people are told that they can live however they want to live. There are no set standards on how to live life. A person can choose how he wants to live by his own personal beliefs and standards. This causes chaos and destruction in the end.

While the world has a reason to have some fear, because God has said that this world will be destroyed in the end, believers do not need to fear. They are told how to live their lives so that they will have no fear. Believers are to live a holy and godly life.

A holy life is one that is filled with love, mercy and grace. It will not seek to harm anyone or anything in any way. It is focused on loving God and loving people. He will speak truth in love, act in love and bring honor to God. He will not fear the coming destruction of this world, because he knows that his home will be in heaven some day when this world will be destroyed.

As a believer, are you fearing the destruction of this world? Focus your eyes and life on God. Live as Jesus lived and do not fear it. You have a home waiting for you in heaven for all eternity.

Live your life the way God has intended you to live it, holy and godly. Bring honor to God. In this way you will bring some peace on this earth and love will be shown. The reward will be eternal life in the end.

I pray today that you will know the life God has called you to live; that your life will be like that of Jesus; that you will turn from all sin and turn to Jesus; that you will not fear the coming destruction; and that God will guide you in living for Him.

Luke 20:2 Questioning Authority

“Tell us by what authority you are doing these things, they said. Who gave you this authority?” Luke 20:2

While Jesus was teaching the people, various leaders came up to Him questioning Him. They wanted to know how He had the authority or right to speak as He did.

Jesus had been speaking like someone in control. He was not an elected official, nor did He have a titled position in the community.

This type of questioning has not stopped over the years. People in the world are questioning Christians all the time. Christians are accused of being very closed-minded. True Christians believe that Jesus is the only way to get into heaven. The world does not like that idea. That means that they are wrong in what they believe.

As believer take a stand against sinful lifestyles, many are questioning them on whose authority that they can make these statements. Often they will be accused of hating people because of their stand against sin.

In America, the government makes rules allowing all kinds of sinful lifestyles to be lived freely. Believers will often teach against these lifestyles. The world does not see, nor accept their authority. The authority of all believers comes from God Himself.

Jesus had a standard that was perfect and holy. Men must work at trying to live with that standard. No man will ever attain that level, except through Jesus. Despite not attaining, it the level must be aimed for. It must be taught.

You must be willing to stand on God’s Word for your authority. In yourself, you have no authority of any value, but in Jesus you are a leader in this world. The world will not want to recognize it, but it is still there.

Are you living up to the standard God has set? Are you telling others about that standard God has set? Do not allow the world to intimidate you into being quiet. You have God’s authority to teach His word to all the world. Some will accept it, while others will reject it. Do not let that deter you in any way.

I pray today that God will reveal His word to you; that God will give you His wisdom in what to say and when to say it; that you will know the authority God has given you; that you will speak in His love; and that you will be His witness.

1 Peter 1:17 Live in Reverant Fear

“Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.” 1 Peter 1:17

Most every place you look you will see judging happening. Most often it is judging one person or thing against another. All over the television you see various talent shows with people competing against each other. In the end there is only one winner. That one person is judged up against all the others as being the best.

God, however, does not judge you up against someone else. He judges you according to Himself and what you know and can do. Every person is an individual with unique capabilities that only he has. Those capabilities are what God is judging. Everyone can be a winner with God. There is no “one winner” only.

Peter tells you here to live out your life in reverent fear. Are you living according to the standard you have learned from God? In 1 Peter 1:16, Peter writes that God said to be holy…are you being holy? This reverent fear is not the type of fear you get watching a scary movie. It is living with a realization that God is the judge and will judge you according to what you do or do not do and how and why you do it.

God did something He did not have to do…He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for you. He provided salvation for you. The least you can do for Him is live for Him. When you work are you doing your best? Why are you working hard to be the best: to look good or to bring honor to God? Are you working hard to get ahead in life or to build God’s kingdom more?

Every action you do is looked at by God. He determines the motive behind the action. You are a foreigner in this world when you are living for God. Heaven is ultimately your home. God made this world, it is His. Live with respect for God, His ways and rules. Live your life knowing that God is in control of everything and knows what is best for your life. Do not live your life for yourself. You can gain the whole world but lose your soul living that way.

I pray that today God will strengthen you to live for Him; that God will guide you in all you should say and do; that you will have a reverent fear of God; that you will trust God in everything; and that God will help you be holy as He is holy.