Thursday – Letters
“Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”
Romans 12:3 NLT
There’s so many verses I could have chosen today! This one stands out as one I need to hear over and over again.
The Roman believers lived at the center of civilization at that time. It would have been easy for them to think of the rest of the world as backwards. Paul writes to them before he even visited Rome so they are pioneering believers.
They had reason to be proud.
I was raised going to church. I’ve never been away from the church in one way or another for more than a couple weeks in my life. I have to fight against religious pride in me.
Notice Paul doesn’t say to think of yourselves as worms. Just be honest.
If we’re honest and we trust Christ for our salvation, we are pure and righteous. But we owe all that to Jesus alone. We cannot take any credit no matter how good of a life we live.
We are not lowly, but we cannot take pride in that.
That’s a pretty sweet spot but one that’s hard to remember.
Do you have a low opinion of yourself?
Are you, like me, a bit too prideful?
Have you looked at yourself through Jesus’ eyes?