Focus: Preferring humility
Romans 12:3 (NKJV) 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.
We have so far to go. We can’t think for one minute that we are good, because we’re not. No matter how far we have come or what battles we have won, we should remember that Christ alone is worthy of praise.
After all Christ has done for us, the least we can do is present our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice—covered in His righteousness and holiness. There is no other way we can be acceptable to God.
Choosing to live completely in Christ’s strength and not our own is the only way we can prove Him to others at all. If we allow ourselves to be influenced by the things of this world and call ourselves Christians, we are presenting a distorted picture of Christ to the people around us.
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The perfect will of God is that our minds would be transformed and renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit, so that the things we do and the way we act would be in agreement to His character.
God has given each of us a measure of faith. We should not look at those around us and think we are better than they are. We should live in the sober awareness that at any moment, we could be in the same position as the one who we would assume to be the least.
Even though we are individuals, we should always bear in mind that we are members of the body of Christ. We are all different and each of us has a unique purpose—yet we belong to Christ and each other.
By the grace of God, we have been given gifts and qualifications to use for the glory of God. So, if your gift is to be a prophet—then prophesy according to the proportion of your faith. If you have been given a particular ministry, then use your gift of ministry to bless the Lord and others. If you feel the urging of the Holy Spirit to teach the Word of God, then teach with accuracy. If God has gifted you in the area of exhortation, then exhort—but not in arrogance. If God has given you the spirit of generosity, then give liberally. One who has been called to lead should lead with all diligence. The ones who have been given the ability to show mercy should tirelessly be merciful with cheerfulness.
No one should love only the people who are easy to love—but also those who might not be what we would consider lovable. If we really belong to Christ, we will hate what is evil and hold onto things that are good.
We shouldn’t hesitate to go out of our way to look for opportunities to do nice things for each other and show our love by giving each other preferential treatment.
We should serve the Lord with all our heart, holding nothing back. We should rejoice because of our confident hope in Christ; patiently enduring extreme testing and trials; living in an attitude of constant communion with the Lord in prayer; giving willingly to the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ and readily sharing our homes with an attitude of kindness.
If anyone wrongs us, we should bless them and not think or say bad things about them. We should be sensitive to the emotions of those we are with, rejoicing with those who rejoice, and weeping with those who weep. Instead of being critical, we should look for things we have in common with others and seek to build relationships by being agreeable.
We shouldn’t try to acquire status and material things that would cause others to feel inferior, but we should be humble and prefer the company of others who are also humble. No matter how much we think we know, we should not consider ourselves to be wise in our own minds.
It’s not right to return any kind of evil to someone who has committed an evil act against us or someone we know—but in every situation, we should still have a high regard for things that are right and good—in public, and in private.
As much as possible, we should try to live at peace with all people. We should never try to avenge ourselves, because the Lord is the One who exercises vengeance on our behalf. In fact, when someone has offended us, we should do what we can to help them. If they are hungry or thirsty, we should give them what they need. (Romans, chapter 12)
Declaration: I will find new strength by living a life that is more like Christ. By preferring humility, others will see Jesus in me.
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