Romans 12:3

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Life will humble you.  Life will humble me.  No matter what we think we have figured out, life has a way of throwing us a curve ball.  Sometimes when life is at its best, things change quickly and we realize that there is very little that we are in control of.  How do we as Christians handle all of the highs and lows of living while still trying to serve God according to Romans 12:1-2?

Paul reminds us today how we should think about ourselves.  We should think soberly.  God has given each of us a gift to use for His glory, the benefit of others, and the benefit of the church. Gifts are sometimes referred to by different names.  Here the word grace is used, as well as the phrase measure of faith.  We all do not have the same gifts, but all of our gifts are meant to be used for the same purpose.  Glorifying God and being a blessing to others should be all of our goals.  In the following verses, we have a short list of gifts given to us.  This list is not comprehensive and there are different passages of Scripture that give more of them.  Somewhere in all these gifts, you and I fit in.  When we focus on what God has equipped us with and the purpose He has given us to do, it is much easier to before Him and before others. stay humble

“Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought to think.”  We belong to Christ and we belong to each other.  No one is better than anyone else.  By design, no one is worse than anyone else.  If we allow pride to creep into our hearts and manifest itself in our actions and attitudes, then we must confess that as sin.  We are all nothing without Christ.  We serve no purpose without His love and compassion.  We are not the ones the world needs to see.  They need to see Christ manifested in us.  Let us take the gifts that God has equipped each of us with as individuals and serve Him with humility.  Love one another.  Pray for one another.  And stay humble.

photo credit: Sharon Atkins

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