“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” (Romans 12:3)
In the Christian life we make progress only as we travel without going off into the ditch on either side of our path. Following right after a quintessential verse on the subject of sanctification, the believer’s transformation as his mind is renewed, Paul goes on to identify two barriers that will immediately arise to frustrate that process. A lack of humility on one side and the presence of a false humility on the other. As Paul recognizes his identity primarily an object of God’s sovereign saving grace he warns not just leaders, not just common folks, but everyone. This is something common to all of us. The need to not think any higher of ourselves than necessary. You’re not all that but it is necessary that you know that you are an object of loving grace. If you are in Christ and have been given faith to believe the gospel, the Creator of the universe has chosen you and adopted you as his son. With that fact established is there any reason for us now to think more highly of ourselves than necessary? Now on the other side we must think soberly or clearly without missing the fact that each of us has a God given measure of faith. Each and every one of us are different as assigned by the Father and carefully and perfectly suited with assigned gifts for His purpose for us in the body. What a confidence we hold as we walk assured of grace to think as we ought.
- David Ortiz