“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)