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By Stan L. Caldwell

In Romans 12:3-8 Paul shows us four things that are given to us by God's grace and he is seeking to point out to us that all of these make the faithful Christian humble. Pride or arrogance or vainglory have no place in a true Christian's heart. We should never feel so important as to be domineering in the church or lording it over other members of the church (1 Peter 5:3). Let me list these four gifts given by God that produce this needed humility on our part:

I. PAUL, OUR TEACHER OF HUMILITY: Paul's example teaches us humility. He says, "for I say, through the grace given unto me... " Paul's office was given to him by grace. He was an Apostle as a gift of God (see 1 Cor. 3:10, etc.). If Paul recognized his position in the kingdom of God as a bequest of God, how humble we should be that God has favored us with any position of service in His kingdom at all!

II. GOD'S WORD, OUR STANDARD OF MEASUREMENT: Next Paul exhorts us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man"THE MEASURE OF FAITH". God has given us a measurement to try or test ourselves. He has given us His will. By trying our every thought and deed by this measurement we can see ourselves as we really are. Who among us lives up to the perfect example of Jesus Christ? Who among us is willing to die for those about him, for their spiritual good? Who among us can accomplish in a long lifetime what Jesus accomplished in the thirty and three years He walked among men? There is work that we can do and we need not give up, as Moses at one point desired, thinking that we are so insignificant or worthless that we cannot do what God commands us! We are to think "soberly"! God does not demand of us more than we are capable of doing. But we are not to be so high-minded as to think the world revolves around us. God's word humbles us, showing our need of mercy, and yet exhorts us, showing our value to the cause of Christ! Let us ever humbly search its pages and obey its every command!

III. THE CHURCH, OUR MEANS OF UNITY: By God's grace we are the church. Every member is needed and every member is dependent upon the other members. Just as the physical body works harmoniously for the good of the body, so should every member of the church work harmoniously for the good of the church. When we promote other members of the church we promote ourselves and Christ, for we are one body! Thus, we must think of other members of the church as ourselves. There is no room for self-glory and pride but for thinking of others above self!

IV. OUR FUNCTION, OUR POSITION OF SERVICE: Whatever function we have in the church, it is a position of service. It makes no difference if we are the elder, deacon, preacher or song leader or singer in the pew or "just" the one who quietly says amen at the end of the prayer. All of us serve and all of us are important as servants. For example, how could we partake of the Lord's Supper if someone did not prepare it? All are important and all are dependent! How humble we must be and how thankful we should be that we can serve the Lord.

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