Friday, August 14, 2009

The Measure of a Man

Many times the measure of a person is seen as the amount of success there is, the size of the bank account, the car driven, what size home or what kind of toys that are obtained. Sometimes we look at how big and tall a man is or how beautiful a woman is in the world’s eyes, or maybe even how intelligent someone is. None of these are the true measures of a man (or woman).

“The place to take the true measure of a man is not in the darkest place or in the amen corner, nor the cornfield, but by his own fireside. There he lays aside his mask and you may learn whether he is an imp or an angel, cur or king, hero or humbug. I care not what the world says of him; whether it crowns him boss or pelts him with bad eggs. I care not a copper what his reputation or religion may be; if his babies dread his homecoming and his better half swallows her heart every time she has to ask him for a five-dollar bill, he is a fraud of the first water, even though he prays night and morning until he is blue in the face and howls hallelujah until he shakes the eternal hills. But if his children rush to the front door to meet him and love’s sunshine illuminates the face of his wife every time she hears his footfall, you can take it for granted that he is pure, for his home is a haven and the humbug never gets that near the great white throne of God… W.C. Brann

We can certainly realize that the measure of a man should not be what he owns or the job he holds, but how much he loves- and what he loves.

Revelation 21:17 and he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

The wall measured here is from the holy city Jerusalem that is descending out of Heaven from God.

According to the Strong’s concordance, measure is a limited portion (a degree). To measure is to find out the quality of something, and estimate of what is to be expected (as of a person or situation), a basis or standard of comparison.

The wall is a basic structure on which something is built- this comes from the word teko which is to produce from seed, as a mother, a plant, the earth, etc. literally or figuratively: bear or be born, bring forth, be delivered. A wall is protection, it defends.

An angel brings tidings, he is a messenger, he is a recipient of the Word of God, he receives the truth from the Lord and brings it to others. By implication, an angel can be a pastor. Angels in Heaven are in spiritual form. We are angels in human form.

The angel here was measuring the basic structure. He was finding the quality of the wall, what it was made of, what is was brought forth from. The basic structure in our life should be the Word of God, the love He has given us. These walls defend us from the enemy. We should be built on this solid structure because everything else passes away.

In the next verse we find the wall was made of jasper.

Rev 21:18 and the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

Jasper comes from a word meaning to polish; jasper is a gem, a precious stone. And the city was pure gold- which signifies love. Whenever “pure gold’ from the Lord is mentioned, it refers to pure love. The gold was like clear glass. This city is made of pure love, it is transparent- no flaws. This city is built with the Word of God. It is pure and total truth. The structure is polished and shiny. It has been polished by the Word of God, which is Jesus Christ.

This is how we are when have Christ within us. When we stay in His Word, it cleans and polishes everything within us. God’s Word enlightens and takes our darkness. Every Word we receive from God is total truth within. Our mind and heart can be filled with His love.

This is our measure. How much love do we have? How much Christ do we have? Jesus should be our foundation; God’s Word should be our structure. Are we letting the love of God rule our life or is the love of something else taking over?

Everyday we should read God’s Word and let the pure light and love of Christ grow within our heart, our mind and life. The true measure of a man is found within him.