“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.” Romans 12:3
The process of becoming more like Jesus is different for each person. Every person is a different point in that process. With this in mind Paul talks about the idea of thinking about oneself correctly.
Very often people look at themselves as better than someone else. They look at their faith in God and having overcome certain sins as making them better. They have “accomplished” something great in their eyes.
Paul says that you must think of yourself with a sober judgment. A sober judgment is one that correctly looks at the entire situation and truth of it. He states this by the grace given him. Paul had been the Pharisee of Pharisees, leader of the leaders, one of the best in the Law, yet, he throws it all out as he calls himself the chief of sinners in Christ Jesus. God had given him the faith that he now has.
You may have been a “bad” sinner in accordance with the eyes of the world and people, but every sinner is bad, regardless of what they did or did not do. One sin makes you equal to the person with many sins.
It is only by God’s grace that you are allowed to have faith in Jesus. It is only by the calling of God that you can accept Jesus. Without God revealing Himself, you would never know Him.
You may have come a long way as a believer, or you may have some great work in the church to do, but keep in mind you were a great sinner and were saved by the grace and mercy of God.
Use your abilities to build others and God’s kingdom up. Do not look at yourself as someone who has “made” it or as someone super important. Know that God can use others just as well as He can use you. He just wants people who are willing to be used by Him.
I pray today that you will know who you are in Jesus; that you will remember where you came from; that you will know the grace God has given you; that you will use your abilities for God’s kingdom; and that you will not look down on others who don’t have your abilities.