Sitting with the Shepherd
"For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith." (Romans 12:3 NKJV)
Transformation is an amazing miracle in a person's life. True spiritual rebirth causes one to not only be changed in our outward appearance but in our innermost being. We become a new creation from the inside out and as our light begins to shine there is a danger that we are admonished not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to, but soberly. The word soberly here is not referring to intoxication by ingesting a chemical substance, but rather it refers to the necessity of a serious mindset. In other words as God performs His miracle in and through us, we are not even for a moment in our own mind, to think that it is something that we have accomplished in and of ourselves. One of the worldly mindsets that we must cease to give way to is to take pride or credit for the person that we have become. The Apostle Paul was careful not to do this himself even though he was accomplishing greatness by some standards in the kingdom. In this verse he is careful to offer counsel only through the grace of God given him. This grace and the measure of faith spoken of here are not the initial grace and faith given to him to initiate his salvation, but the ongoing supply of grace and faith needed to live the Christian life. I have heard it said that "the Christian life is not hard, it is impossible!" And I know from experience that it is, apart from His sustaining grace.
But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by His grace. (1 Corinthians 15:10 NLT)
Questions for Personal Reflection or Discussion
1. What has been the most noticeable change the Holy Spirit has made in you since you have received Christ as your Savior?
2. How have you been influenced to think more soberly of yourself?
3. In which areas of your life have you had to rely more significantly on the grace of God rather than your own resources?
Thank You Father God for the measure of faith and the grace to receive Jesus Christ as my Savior. Thank you also for the faith and sustaining grace that You provide for me on a daily basis. I confess that in and apart from You I can do absolutely nothing, but I can do all things pertaining to life and godliness through Him who strengthens me. Be glorified in my humble transformed life today. Amen