Years ago during a Royal Rangers devotional, my good friend, Greg Hearn, used a yardstick for an illustrated message on Kingdom Values. It has been so long ago that I cannot remember the year, but the truth of that illustration has stayed with me over the years. Greg held up a yardstick and showed the boys that on one side the numbers were left to right and numbered 1 to 36. However, when you flip the yardstick over, without changing the ends from one hand to the other, the numbers are now upside down and in reverse order from 36 to 1.
Greg went on to tell the boys that this is an illustration of how God’s values and the world’s values are opposite of each other. The world does not value the same things that God does. What man calls success is not the same as what God considers success.
Edwin Lois Cole said it this way, “Don’t allow someone else to either create an image of failure or destroy an image of success.” God has the final say and He has the correct way to measure!
“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.” (1 Corinthians 3:7-8 NASB)
Remember to value the things that God values most!
David Moore has served as the National Commander of the Royal Rangers for the International Pentecostal Holiness Church since October 1998. Before coming to the national office in 1993, he worked in the Global Ministries Center accounting office. Commander Moore has been actively involved in a local outpost since 1985. He currently serves as the Senior Commander for his local church and works on a weekly basis with the Ranger Kids outpost.