Posted by: missionventureministries | April 12, 2011

A Living Sacrifice and Humble Service in the Body of Christ – Romans 12:1-3 – Part 2 of 2

1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.  3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. – Romans 12:1-3

In verses one and two of chapter 12 of Romans, Paul gave a “foolproof” formula for our success. However, to keep anyone from gloating at the tremendous potential of these promises, he made it clear in Romans 12:3 that everyone has been given the same potential. And in Romans 12:4-8, he revealed that people all have different functions, and all need each other.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you . . . This gives double emphasis to the fact that Paul is speaking to all believers, not just especially gifted ones. First, it is to every one of you. Second, by referring to his apostleship as a gift of God’s grace, he acknowledges that his position and his ministry abilities come
from God and not himself (take a look at what he wrote in the letter to the Ephesians 3:7-9).

Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather…with sound judgment . . . Paul begins his discussion of spiritual gifts with an appeal to humility. If it were up to us, many would choose the “in the spot light” gifts, such as teaching or leadership. But exercising those gifts properly requires just as much humility as exercising the “less visible” gifts of serving or mercy. They all come from God, and are all meant to be used for His glory, not our own. We need to be sober-minded (have a clear thinking) about ourselves; not arrogant or prideful, but on the other hand not denying that God can work through us. If God has given us a gift we do not need to keep reminding people what that gift is, we need to humbly follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit and use it for the glory of God.

In accordance with the measure of faith God has given you . . . This refers to the measure, or measuring stick, we should use to evaluate ourselves which is the Christian faith. In other words, God’s Word should guide the way we think about ourselves and not our self-esteem or lack thereof.

Paul was saying we need to remember that God has given every believer a measure of faith. This gives us clear understanding (sober thinking) to recognize that what we have is a gift from God that every child of God possesses. Some of us live up to more of our potential than others, but it is only God’s mercy that makes it possible for any of us to accomplish anything, therefore we should not boast. We were all given an equal  amount of faith at salvation. The problem is not that we don’t have faith, but rather we don’t know how to use our faith, because of a lack of renewing our minds.

Paul said he was living his Christian life by the faith of the Son of God (Galatians 2:20). Since we all have been given “the” measure of faith, then that means we all have the faith of the Son of God in us. Our faith is sufficient and the problem we might be experiencing is a result of our minds not knowing what we have; therefore you should “trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

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To read Part 1 of 2 click on the link below

https://missionventureministries.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/a-living-sacrifice-and-humble-service-in-the-body-of-christ-%e2%80%93-romans-121-3-part-1-of-2/

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