Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
Romans 12:3-5 (NLT)
Paul continues his teaching in Romans 12 by reminding us that we aren’t as important as we think we are. And he’s so right. In general, we tend to default to thinking pretty highly of ourselves. Society teaches us to have a positive view of ourselves…look at the number of self-help books in any bookstore. It’s pretty outrageous so widely accepted, that we overlook the danger in it. We’ve become a world of self-centered people. No one can live up to our expectations. We are a fragmented society. And sometimes we find ourselves wondering, how we came to be so broken.
“Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”
or put another way
“Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.” (The Message)
In Isaiah (64:6) we are compared to filthy rags in regards to our “works” or “deeds.” What do we truly deserve in this life? The honest answers are death and hell. We are filled with sin. No amount of “doing good” can change that. Yet, we hold ourselves so high above everyone else. “Oh, I teach children’s Sunday school and she does nothing every week.” Seriously?!? Is that what it is all about.
It’s about humbly following the leading of God in our lives. Examining that leading and call carefully. Not filling positions to seek out importance, but to be the “part of the body” that God has created you to be.
Let’s challenge ourselves this week to pray, fervently pray, for God to reveal His will and path for our lives to us. For Him to show us where we were created to be as part of His body.
To be continued…