“For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:2
In my freshman gym class, all students were required to run a timed mile. The students would run the timed mile the first half of the semester, and then run it again in the second half. Early in the year, we would set the bar that we would be judged on during the second run.
Some students ran that first mile as fast as they could. Later in the year, these students struggled to beat their original time. I wogged (walk/jogged) the mile the first time. And then I ran it the second. Thankfully, I was able to choose/set the measure by which I would be compared.
In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus warns the crowd in His Sermon on the Mount to be careful how they judge others. He says, “…with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged.”
Jesus wants us to realize that whatever measure we have for other people is the same bar that we are going to have to live up to ourselves. And this isn’t a bad thing. We should always strive to the high bar of a Christ-like life. But whatever we judge others for we should be willing to have the same measure applied to us.
Heavenly Father, please help me to be a person who holds myself to the bar of righteousness. It is only in Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, that I have the strength to walk in faithfulness. May I live in this power. Amen.