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Romans 12:3

Be Humble

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.


Humility is a difficult goal for most of us to achieve but, if we are to be a living sacrifice to God, we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds, and humility should be one of the key products of that transformation.

Paul addresses the way we think of ourselves by demonstrating humility through his own words, "For I say, through the grace given unto me..." He claimed no authority of His own, no position that was superior to any other person, but stood upon the the authority of God's grace. The office of the Apostle was a gift to him that he neither deserved nor could he claim any credit for it.

Everything we think, say or do should be to the glory of God. Paul told the church at Corinth, "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." (1Corinthians 15:10) He credited his whole existence to God, even the work that he accomplished was only done by the grace of God. There is no such thing as a self-made man.

So, he addresses this plea "to every man that is among you." It is for everyone who reads this epistle and it is ageless in its application. Read it as though Paul was looking you straight in the eye and speaking with the authority that God had given to him, saying, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought to think..."

I like the way W.R. Nicoll said it. "Everybody in the Church needed this word. To himself, every man is in a sense the most important person in the world, and it always needs much grace to see what other people are, and to keep a sense of moral proportion." We must come to understand that we are not the most important person in the world and neither are we superior to anyone else.

Someone who thinks soberly, who has a sound mind, understands his or her place in the kingdom of God. To think that God has made one person to be superior to others is insanity. Such thinking has been the building blocks of some of the world's cruelest dictatorships. However, the Jew is no better than the Gentile and the Christian is no better than the heathen. We are all sinners, but some of us, having received God's grace, are more fortunate than others and, that should be a very humbling thought.

We are, therefore, to think soberly according to the knowledge that our faith is a gift from God. Paul says that He has distributed a certain measure of faith to each of us. Some received more than others, but no one earned what he received; it is a gift.

Before The Throne:

How do you give God the credit for what you are and for what you do? Think of some ways that you could exhibit a more humble attitude around your friends and family. Pray about it. Ask God to give you a spirit of true humility and to use that humble spirit to glorify Him? Confess the times that your pride has shown through and possibly offended someone. Ask God to forgive you and to give you a way to restore your relationship with that person.

For Further Study:

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** I say. Rom 1:5; Rom 15:15-16; 1Cor 3:10; 1Cor 15:10; Gal 2:8-9; Eph 3:2, 4, 7-8; Eph 4:7-12; Col 1:29; 1Tim 1:14; 1Pet 4:11; ** not to. Rom 11:20, 25; Prov 16:18-19; Prov 25:27; Prov 26:12; Eccl 7:16; Mic 6:8; Matt 18:1-4; Luke 18:11; 1Cor 4:7-8; 2Cor 12:7; Gal 6:3; Phil 2:3-8; Col 2:13; Jas 4:6; 1Pet 5:5; 3John 1:9; ** soberly. 1Tim 2:9, 15; Titus 2:2, 4, 6, 12; 1Pet 1:13; 1Pet 4:7; 1Pet 5:8; ** according. Rom 12:6; John 3:34; 1Cor 4:7; 1Cor 12:7-11; 2Cor 12:13; Eph 4:7, 13, 16;

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