The Measuring Rod

by Wayne Cordeiro on September 06, 2021

Today's Reading:
Ezekiel 29,30,31,32; Revelation 11


“I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, ‘Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers.’” (Revelation 11:1)


There is a measuring rod — but, most of us live in such a way that we basically do what we want to because there are little or no immediate consequences. Of course, down the line, the results will definitely come upon us, and we will slide to varying levels or brackets of life. We either stay where we are or we repent with genuine sorrow and with the strength of humility, we climb out.

Here in Revelation, God says that there is a Measuring Rod. It doesn’t describe exactly what that rod is, but the question remains … “What is He measuring?”


God’s measuring will begin with the “Temple of God” … or the people who claim to be worshipers of God. However, we need to be careful of our commitments for God expects us to LIVE what we BELIEVE. If that statement is false, God’s wrath will be poured out. As far as I can see, His wrath will affect two groups:

  1. Group 1: The total unbeliever, antagonistic toward God
  2. Group 2: Those who have say they believe, but they then live as if they do not.

They both seem to receive the same fate — no in-betweens, no “purgatory,” no halfway. I admit that I don’t fully comprehend the “Measuring Rod,” but what I do know is this:

In the end, God’s people will not be “counted.” 

They will be “weighed.” 

So, the lesson is this: I must live what I believe. If my faith is not translated into shoe leather, then we are living a fake life, and …

  • God cannot heal the fake you
  • God cannot redeem the fake you
  • God cannot give His miracles to a fake you 


I will live what I believe— and Lord I pray that You help me to be authentic in whatever I do. I know I will make mistakes, and sometimes stutter and stammer, but when You do measure me, may You find a heart of a disciple and soul of a son in love with You and with Your people.

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