“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. For as in one body we have many members…”
This is probably not the most well know passage from Romans 12. You are most likely in the same place I am and remember verses 1-2. We know that we as believers are called to “present our bodies as a living sacrifice” and that this is our “spiritual worship.” We remember that we ought to renew our minds instead of being “conformed to this world.” But the popularity of the quote ends there and so verse three often gets missed, but it is so deep and meaningful.
Following this encouragement to make our minds and indeed the fullness of our lives focus on the things of God, Paul gives us one way that this kind of living plays out in the lives of believers. When we begin to renew our minds by thinking on the grace of God and how far we fall from deserving it, it helps us put ourselves in the proper place. This is called humility. As we grow in humility, being constantly reminded of how great our God is, we grow in our love of other people and start to look for ways to serve those around us. And as we look for ways to serve other people, we start to examine how God, in his grace, has gifted us and how we can then turn those gifts back to serving other people.
And then I remember verse 4 and remember that this is how God designed us and how he designed the church! We are meant to serve and God gives the ability and gifting to serve each other. And this is his grace. This is a gift that he gives us. Remember that this week.