Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Monday, July 16, 2018

A Plea for Humility

Not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
ROMANS 12:3

It is somewhat surprising to find that the first Christian grace the apostle exhorts believers to possess after his strong exhortation in verses 1 and 2 is that of humility. You would think that love would be first in line, love to God and man being the two greatest commandments. Paul does deal with the virtue of love in the remaining verses of chapter 12 and into chapter 13. But before he does so he makes a very strong plea for humility to the Christians at Rome. Until we are emptied of self and pride, we will know very little of what it means to love! The very essence of love is selflessness. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).

Having shown that transformation into Christlikeness begins with the renewing of our minds, we are not surprised to find Paul using the word think three times in verse 3. The first part of the verse calls for soberness of mind. A Christian whose thoughts are in line with Gods thoughts will not have a lofty opinion of his talents and abilities. Who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? (I Cor. 4:7). Whatever we have is a gift, and there is no room for boasting.

The last part of the verse gives us the standard of measurement for judging ourselves. Men are high-minded because their standard of judgment is all wrong. Gods standard is the measure of faith that He has given to every man. In other words, do not form an opinion of yourself by your talents, intelligence, wealth, or education, but judge yourself by the extent of your faith in God! Men of humility are men of faith, because faith casts its entire dependence upon Christ. High-minded Christians betray a confidence in self.

Let our boasting be confined to the cross of Christ. We will find that the desire for mans praise will fade away into the shadows of Calvary.

God's choice acquaintances are humble men.
Robert Leighton

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