Be Sober My Friends

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:3–8, NIV 1984).

My Musings – Why “sober judgment?” Because each one merely has “the measure of faith God has given [them].” It is not of ourselves, but we may have a tendency to think “of [ourself] more highly than [we] ought.” By the same token we may feel that our faith is less than a “mustard seed.” Yet, if used “in proportion to [this] faith,” we can “move mountains,” while those who think of themselves “more highly than [they] ought” may struggle moving ant hills.

My Advice – We may think we are the strongest link in the chain. But the performance of the chain depends just as much on the weakest link as it does the strongest. Be sober my friends.

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