After Paul addressed the wonderful scope of the gospel in Romans (chapters 1 to 8), and then the place of Israel in God’s plan (chapters 9 to 11), he begins to unfold how the gospel works out in a practical way in chapter 12 to 16. That begins with offering ourselves as a “living sacrifice” (12:1). Part of how the gospel works in us is by being “transformed by the renewal of our mind” (12:2).
Then Paul gets very practical about how this transformation affects our thinking. “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).
Putting this in simple terms; be humble! That helps us to think soberly, or sensibly with sound judgment. This is accomplished by the measure of faith God has given us. It is the humble person who looks to God for wisdom, understanding and direction. The “measure of faith” is exactly the amount of faith you need to function and accomplish what God wants you to do.
As verses 4 to 8 describes, each of us are placed by God the Spirit into the body of Christ with the “measure of faith” so we fit with every other member in the body. If anyone exalts themselves above others, they soon do not fit in the body of Christ as God designed them and cause problems.
Make sure you are thinking about yourself in humility so your service will exalt Christ the Head, not your head.
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