II Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

The word standard means “An agreed way of doing something (A way agreed on or standards agreed upon to produce a certain product). “An established means of determining what something should look like or be”.

Given the above explanation, it is clear that for any product to be produced at the required standard there are specifications to follow. This is exactly the same with us and God our Father. God has given us His Word to clarify and explain to us in great detail who we are, the quality of life He expects us to live. For us to live up to the quality of life that God expects from us, He has given us His Word to study. It is when we study the Word that we get to know what God expects of us and as we apply the standards that are in the Word for us, we then can be approved of God because of the ability we acquire in His Word to correctly handle the Word of truth.

The studying of the Word of God should never be done out of sense of duty or familiarity but it should be done with an earnest desire in our hearts to know what God expects from us. As I was studying about standards I also realized that the required standards of a product are the same irrespective of where the product is manufactured, for example if a South African product is produced in a foreign country. This fact emphasized and brought to light the truth that God expects us to live according to His standards regardless of where we are. Be it at work, home or during our social gatherings with friends – there is a standard set by God which we are expected to uphold.

The word standard can be seen as harsh or stringent and/or unattainable. But the comforting truth for us as God’s children is that God in His mercy has sent us the Holy Spirit who is our helper and guide.

John 16:13 “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

The Holy Spirit helps us to understand the Word of God from God’s perspective so that we get an understanding of God’s intent for what He is saying. The Holy Spirit helps us to be doers of God’s Word, so that we can display the Power of God to our fellow brethren and to the World.

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

As we study the Word of God to get to know and understand God’s standards, the Word of God encourages us to ask God for His Wisdom and we are assured that God will liberally give us the wisdom we need. What an honor to be a people that God chooses to display His love to, a people He chooses to reveal Himself to through His Word, a people He enables to live according to His standards and thereby showing forth His Power to the generation we live in, a people He chooses to give His Power – The Holy Spirit. A people He calls perculiar because of His Standards that set us apart.

What an honor – Our God and Father is truly awesome!!!!