Romans 12:3–8 (ESV)
Gifts of Grace
3 For by the grace given
to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not
all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our
serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
There is beauty found in the begining of today’s “For by the grace given to me”! The human mind is wired so that we want to be in charge our own destiny, to be the creator of our faith, and to live off grace that we have created
or earned! But not so with God. Christianity is the only religion where you don’t have to “earn” your way into heaven. God does it for you. This is one reason that Muslims can’t understand Christianity.
It defies reason and logic. After all... who is going to walk up and hand you $100,000,000 in cash? Yea, that’s a big number! But my Salvation is worth far more than that! I would not sell my Salvation! No one is going to
offer me this gift with no hooks, but God does and he gives more generously than $100,000,000. Grace is a gift that God gives freely! It is not created within, but comes to you externally... from God. So there is beauty found in the first
words “For by the grace given to me”!
Grace is a gift we all believers receive when we were nonbelievers. Now there are other gifts that we receive, but we learn in the Bible today that we
are not all blessed the same. Today’s reading states “6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith.” This means that we should not compare ourselves with
others, or even really criticize others because “they are not like me!” Well, I’m not perfect either. Sometimes God will knock us off our “high horse” and bruise us for our own good. We are to grow from these
nudgings. Paul warns us when he says “I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” So instead
of comparing and criticizing, isn’t it better to build up your brothers and sisters than to criticize them? Let’s use our gifts in serving our Lord.
I pray: O Lord, I thank you that
not everyone is like me. It would be a boring world. I give thanks for the gifts you have given me. Help me to use my God given gifts to serve you and the world I live in. All glory and honor goes to you Lord. You are my Lord
and Savior. You have washed me clean of my sins and restored me into your kingdom by your grace. Amen.