“For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself that he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith” (NAS). — Romans 12:3
Other versions and translations provided some insight for me, but a lot of my answers came from my pastor’s message this Sunday. First, here are my thoughts:
What is the “measure of faith” that God gives to us? Do we each get an equal amount? What about people who have the gift of faith? Are we only allotted a certain amount for our lifetime? How does one measure the amount of faith one has? Apparently, we are to measure our self-worth according to how much faith we have.
How does thinking of myself soberly have anything to do with the amount of faith I have (that God’s given me)? Perhaps the more faith I have, the more I see myself in light of the Father: an unworthy child of God. What else does God say about self-esteem and self-worth? As his follower, washed in Christ’s blood, who am I in his eyes?
My pastor spent some time preaching from Romans 12 on Sunday, and here are his thoughts on this verse: We need to have a sober view of self. We should think of ourselves with “God-esteem” rather than self-esteem. We need to set ourselves on God, not on self. We cannot covet the spiritual life God has given to others.
A measure of faith: Faith leads us to trust God in the measure of faith he’s given; it’s not our deciding what to do for God–it’s God deciding what we should do for him.