Too often the standard of measure is no higher than our self or some other human. Laws, rules and regulations are qualified and enacted by comparing our thoughts and behavior with only ourselves. There is seldom any standard higher than the one we can conceive. In other words, who inspects the inspector? Or, who regulates the regulator?
Paul, an apostle, wrote concerning this, “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” (2 Corinthians 10:12)
This is no way to measure a standard. Our standard must be higher than ourselves so we may compare to the ultimate and not to the lower or most common denominator. This is why the written word is so valuable; it gives us a time honored holy testimony of standards and practices. For example, the Sermon on the Mount always levels the playing field for those who would measure themselves by, and judge themselves by their own standards. The teachings of Jesus are higher than the laws of the land and our own self-imposed laws and rules. We measure our thinking and behavior by this highest of orders. We compare ourselves with Jesus for an accurate measurement.
“But to what will I compare this generation?” Jesus