Have you ever wondered why technical drawings used in architecture and engineering are called blueprints? A process that was invented by a French chemist in the mid-1800s used a mix of chemicals to create a process to copy a drawing from one paper to another paper. The paper with the drawing was placed over a blank paper mixed with the chemicals. A reaction occurred that caused the black lines on the original paper to become white on the second paper and the background of the second paper to turn blue, thus the new drawing was called a blueprint. With the advance of technology, traditional blueprints have been replaced by more modern reproducing methods.
When building a deck, it is imperative that the builder follows the blueprints for the deck they are building and not the blueprints for someone else’s deck. It is important to follow the correct instructions. Using the wrong blueprints will likely lead to a major mess; the deck will not fit together properly and it will also not be safe to use if for example one of the beams is two inches too short because of improper measurements or assembly. Not only is it important to use the correct blueprints and assembly procedures, it is also important to make sure that the equipment used is in good working order. If the level used to check that the deck surface is of equal height from end to end is not properly calibrated, well, you can imagine the disastrous results.
We too are often judged (measured) by others, and often times also judge ourselves, using many measuring sticks, but most, if not all, of those measuring devices are calibrated incorrectly. Other people are simply not good tools by which to measure our own attitudes and behaviors. If you allow yourself to be measured by Scripture, you will find that you come up short, but in striving to reach that perfect biblical calibration, you will soon find yourself becoming more like Jesus.
Hebrews 4:12-13 tells us that the Bible is what we are to use to calibrate, measure, and judge our thoughts and attitudes. We read, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all of creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
Are you allowing the Word of God to judge the intents and thoughts of your heart? It is our hope that we all, through the power of the Holy Spirit, allow the “perfectly calibrated” Word of God to be the blueprint from which we build our own lives.
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