“With Sober Judgment” ( Romans 12: 3, ESV ) by Carley Evans

Paul starts off by telling the church at Rome that he isn’t speaking from himself, but “by the grace given to” him. Most of the time, we know this. As I recall only once did Paul say “I, not the Lord” when he wrote the church. So I find it interesting that he starts this section about spiritual gifts with a reminder to his readers that the Lord is speaking.

The Lord commands “everyone among (us) not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think.”

Poor self-esteem is a problem common to humankind. We look in the mirror, and we don’t like what we see. Either we are too short, too tall; our hair is too curly, not curly enough; our waist is too big, our legs are too skinny; our face is too dull, our teeth are just crooked! We buy all kinds of stuff to try to overcome our failed self-image. Obviously, nothing works.

Pride is a problem common to humankind. We look at our works, and we think: ‘Hey, that’s pretty fine. I did that. I like that. I wonder if anyone else noticed how good that was; that thing I did for God.’

Jesus says when we ponder our selves, “to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” Sober judgment: judgment that is “calm, clear-headed, composed, dignified, lucid, sensible, steady, subdued, tranquil and unexciting.” (Oxford Thesaurus)

We are members of the body of Christ, and “individually members one of another.” (Romans 12: 5) Each one has his or her own level of grace and particular spiritual gift(s) which God “has assigned.”

Therefore, let us not think more highly of ourselves than we ought.

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“Your Demonstration Of The Spirit” ( 1 Corinthians 12: 7, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

“A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial;” and “the same God activates each gift in each person.” (Hebrews 12:6)

Notice each person is gifted with “a demonstration of the Spirit;” and this gift is activated by God. In these simple statements by Paul, we learn that we all have a gift of the Spirit and that these gifts are put in motion by God Himself.  Now, Paul does exhort us to seek the greater gifts — the ‘greater gifts’ we are to seek are unity and love — gifts we each must have as Christians. But the gifts of the Spirit of which he now speaks are listed for us: “a message of wisdom, a message of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, the performing of miracles, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, different kinds of languages, interpretation of languages.” (Hebrews 12:8-10) Notice that God the Holy Spirit “is active in all these, distributing to each person as He wills.” (Hebrews 12:11) Which “demonstration of the Spirit” we are given is not our choice; that’s why Paul calls these “gifts.” They are not skills we learn; they are manifestations of God within us.

Not all of us have every gift. “For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body — so also is Christ.” (Hebrews 12:12) I have one gift of the Spirit; you have another. I need you; you need me.

We are not to argue with one another over whose gift is superior. “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ ” (Hebrews 12:21)

“God has put the body together, so that there would be no division in the body, but the members should have the same concern for each other.” (Hebrews 12:24,25)

Therefore, do seek the greater gifts of love and unity, but be satisfied with whatever “demonstration of the Spirit” your God has chosen to give you. Do not be conceited, as Paul says. And, on the other hand, do not think less of yourself due to a gift your God knows is best for you. Amen!