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Thursday, October 11, 2012

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“You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Muzzling kept the animal from eating while it worked. This law encouraged kindness and consideration for animals. Later on the Apostle Paul used this law as an analogy for the supporting of gospel ministers (see 1 Timothy 5:17-18). “You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a heavy and a light.” Differing weights and differing measures—the LORD detests them both (see Proverbs 20:10).

Times have changed so the question before us is: Do we use differing weights or differing measures in our lives? To rephrase the question, do we have any "double standards" in our dealings with people?

Is there any pretense in us? Do we try hard to live a certain lifestyle in spite of our finances so that people will be impressed? Do we appear to be good believers outside while at home we do not set a good example? Are we just talkers and not doers? Do we often look at the grain of dust in our brother's eye, failing to see the plank in ours?

Let us analyze our hearts to see if we have any kind of differing weights in us. Let us honestly seek to get rid of any double standards we might have used over the years. In all our dealings, let us use only honest scales and measures. Our Lord will delight in us when we do.

John Ash
Chinese Union Mission
Hong Kong