Romans 12:3 “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.”
Paul was given grace by God and he recognized the grace God had given to him. Paul then exhorts us to not rate ourselves higher than the measure of faith that God has assigned to us. This is an interesting thought. From God’s perspective, we are to think about ourselves in accordance with the grace and measure of faith, heaven has assigned us.
When was the last time you ever thought about yourself in this way? I’ve observed that I sometimes think about myself in relation to how I’m feeling that day or what I have or haven’t accomplished in my life. Sometimes we think about ourselves in relation to other people’s opinions. But God says, ‘none of these are valid filters to measure yourself through.’
God assigns to all of us a measure of faith. This measure can grow based upon our hearing of Gods word and our obedience to it. The potential for growth in grace and faith challenges me to position myself before God in a way that I can access more of him to fulfill the call he’s given to me.
Romans 12:6 says, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” One of the things I have observed about ministry gifts in the Body of Christ is that they are all ministering out of the grace God has given to them. I think too often we think that our ministry is all dependent upon our efforts and works. It’s true, faith apart from works is dead but I’m coming to realize more and more that our ministry sphere of influence is directly connected to God’s grace upon us and the measure of faith we are currently exercising.
What must be our response to this? I believe that we must discern the grace God has given to us and soberly measure the faith we currently have, whilst we are being diligently faithful to the assigned sphere of influence God’s grace has extended to us. Much can come from little in God’s economy but we must position ourselves to maximize the grace God’s given to us and fully exercise the faith we have been assigned. Here’s some basic tips to do so:
- Honour spiritual authority
- Increase your intimacy with God
- Hear God’s Word and obey it
- Develop your gift and use it to its fullest potential
- Trust God’s plan for your life and ministry