“… think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” – Romans 12:3
The world has a habit of judging themselves and others according to the greatness of their gift, the position they hold, the amount of money they have, how well they can speak, and what they own.
The apostle Paul was concern that this kind of thinking would prevail in the churches. He advises the church to not judge themselves by the world’s standards, to not be puffed up with pride regarding our gifts, accomplishments, prosperity, success and the material things we have.
What we have in this world has nothing to do with who we are. They are totally unconnected. Evil and wicked people as well as good people can have a great gift, an important title, many degrees, a lot of money and speak eloquently. But these things can not be used as a guide to determine a person’s character.
The realization that it is God who has given us what we have, and that it was He who helped us to overcome struggles and obstacles to achieve goals, and being conscious of our own imperfections and shortcomings in the Christian faith, and whether we are true friends of God, will promote humbleness of the mind and bring down inordinate estimations of ourselves.
There is no other way to form a wise and proper evaluation of ourselves that is so certain, than with a humble and modest estimate of our character.
What opinion can you form of yourself? What have you attained in your life with Christ? How would you judge yourself as a Christian?
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.