“Go About With Humble Folk” (Romans 12: 3, NEB) by Carley Evans


“Think your way to a sober estimate based on the measure of faith that God deals to each of you,” writes Paul. He tells us, “Do not be conceited or think too highly of yourself.”

After all, our gifts “are allotted to us by God’s grace, and must be exercised accordingly.” (Romans 12: 6)

Each gift is designed and given by God for the benefit of all — no gift goes unneeded though many go unappreciated. One gift is not like the others, but each is uniquely individual. Each is to be exercised through God’s grace “with all [one’s] heart,” “based on the measure of faith that God has dealt each of you,” “in proportion to [one’s] faith,” “with all [one’s] heart,” and “cheerfully.” (Romans 12: 3, 7, 8)

No gift is to be lifted up as superior to another. Paul writes, “Give pride of place to one another in esteem.” (Romans 12: 10) He reminds, “Do not be haughty, but go about with humble folk. Do not keep thinking how wise you are.” (Romans 12: 16)

Remember, “he who loves his neighbor satisfies every claim of the law.” (Romans 13: 8)

“Obligations” (Romans 13: 6 – 7, HCSB) by Carley Evans


Paul commands us to “pay [our] obligations to everyone: taxes to those [we] owe taxes.” Paul is not an anarchist; he does not call for us to overthrow our government.

Look at the government Paul is commanding Christians of his day to obey — a corrupt system which nevertheless provides roads, schools, access to water and to medical care while simultaneously providing temples for the worship of false gods and arenas for horrific forms of entertainment.

Today is no different — we are to pay our taxes, vote our consciences, express our disagreements with respect. Paul commands, “Pay your obligations to everyone: respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor.”