3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12:3-8
In Romans 12:3-8, we discover that God has granted every believer the wonderful blessing of participating in something greater and more important than himself – the body of Christ. God has even provided special gifts to make us inter-dependent upon one another and together dependent upon Him – that we may spur one another along toward love and Great Commission acts of service. To participate in such a grand community of faith requires two items – a willingness to be engaged in the life of the faith community and an accurate perspective of who we are.
In verse 3, Paul gently reminds us to neither think too highly or too lowly of our selves – but to think accurately of ourselves. This is true humility. Humility is never conceited, and yet it can have confidence. Humility is never arrogant, and yet, it most certainly can possess competence. So to rightly understand who we are (and whose we are) can breed us the ability to be steadfast, immoveable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord with great faithfulness while never allowing our God-given talents and abilities to get the big-head thinking it is all about us. As one surrendered on the altar of God as a living sacrifice (see Romans 12:1-2), it is only reasonable to embrace that my life is not just for God’s purposes, but also for God’s people. And yet, so long as I have an inaccurate view (not God’s view) of my life – thinking either too much or too little of myself – I will find that I will not serve others thinking I’m too good for such a role, or I will never allow others to serve me thinking I am not good enough to be served.
So take a step back and take in a deep spiritual breath this day to consider that no matter who you are, what you have or have not achieved, whether you think you are good or bad – you are nothing more and nothing less than a person in desperate need of the grace and favor of God. Your worth is not found in anything other than the amazing grace of God – all else is folly. And suppose that along life’s journey you have discovered and embraced His grace, then consider that He has now called you to be His hands, His feet, and His voice to others as you seek first His kingdom and righteousness. You are not your own.