Last night I finally broke the bathroom scales. Not that I meant to – it was not some move of liberation that broken them and thankfully it wasn’t me standing on them either. I nudged shoved them out of the way with the vacuum cleaner when I was doing a super fast tidy up and they totally shattered! Jenny stood there saying ‘Oh oh mummy’.
The loss of the scales is a funny thing – it impacts my morning routine – no matter if I’m a diet or not I step on those scales every day to see how I measure up. The question now is should I replace them and can I survive a day without being measured?
It got me to thinking about how we spend so much energy measuring ourselves – against the ideal airbrushed images in the media, against the yummy mummies at the school gates, against the super Christian at church. We are always comparing and seeing how we measure up – to see where we are ahead and where we fail to meet the standards. But where it is really important we can’t measure up.
Romans 3: 22-24 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
None of us can measure up to God’s standards or holiness – but thankfully because of Jesus we don’t have to. He bypassed the need for us to measure up because He does and that is all that matters.
So as I contemplate my need for new bathroom scales I also wonder at the fact that although I will never measure up to God in my own efforts, through Jesus I can be a perfect fit for the Kingdom of Heaven.