High Standards

Re:Verse passage – Romans 8:1-4 (day four)

As a young teenager, I competed in the High Jump.  Never with any degree of success because there was a problem…the standard was raised with each jump until I could no longer clear the bar.  The standard was not at fault, it was my inability to jump high enough to clear it.

In our passage this week, we see the intersection of the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ vs. the law of sin and death.  The deficiency is not with the Law (God’s Law), it is with man’s inability to overcome the high standard on our own.  God’s Law has set a high and perfectly obedient standard and we cannot attain it…only in Christ can we achieve the standard!

If my short-lived track and field career could have had a spring board like Christ is to my spiritual life, I could have been an Olympic jumper.  Christ, through the Holy Spirit, enables us to achieve the high standard of the Law…it is only by His grace!

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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