Has life ever made it hard for you to see yourself as a child of the King?
Much of my life I saw myself as less. Lately, I have been tempted to compare myself to others. Comparisons have led me to think of myself as something I’m not. God desires for us to look at ourselves honestly.
In Romans, God tells us to think of ourselves with a sober mind. We are not to place ourselves on pedestals or lower ourselves to be scum. When we think of ourselves as something other than what we are, we distract ourselves from focusing on Him. God gave us the scriptures to honestly compare ourselves to how He wants us to be and to how He see’s us.
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 faith God has distributed to each of you:
Romans 12:3 says to “not think of yourself more highly than you ought.”
First, I don’t think it means you can’t have confidence. Because I’m awesome! I don’t think that is me thinking more highly of myself than I ought. My AWESOME GOD made me fearfully and wonderfully (Psalm 139:14). So maybe I should say I’m wonderful.
It is good to have confidence! Even though it took a long time to find my confidence, I admit I only found it because of the Lord, and “may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6:14).
Second, any good in our lives is because of our Lord. I know in my heart I have worth because of my God. Nevertheless, we must “walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8). Humility will go a long way, and we don’t want to be like the Pharisees praying boastfully in public.
Third, do not compare yourself to those around you, but compare yourself to the Word, that way you will be able to test yourself (Galatians 6: 1-6). Jesus humbly served and remained silent as He was crucified for us. Christ, our ultimate example is humble and loving. If you are not humble AND loving: please check yourself.
HOW DO I NOT THINK MORE HIGHLY OF MYSELF?
An answer to the title of this section is in the couple verses before Romans 12:3.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.
- Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice … a sacrifice is an offering to God. To be a living sacrifice is to give our lives to God. If we let Him rule our lives, He will do amazing things in our lives.
- Do not conform to the pattern of this world … Keep our eyes on Him. He gave us everything we need for life in the Bible. When we stray away from His word, we conform to the pattern of this world.
- Test and approve what God’s will is … This one takes practice. There will be times when we fail, but we have a God who cares. As we live for Him, we must test ourselves against His Word.
SOBER JUDGMENT …
“But rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”
This statement makes me think Romans 12:3 verse goes both ways. While we are not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to, we are also not to think less of ourselves.
At times in my self-esteem has been so low, and my depression was so consuming I thought I had no worth. I felt insignificant. Someone once told me I wasn’t smart, I ‘lack intelligence.’ I hope that you never have someone tell you that you are ‘not
beautiful’ or that you are ugly. If you understand that pain, I am so sorry. You were beautifully and wonderfully made by a Creator who thinks of you as precious and dearly loves you.
Those hateful statements are lies of the enemy. They are not worthy of you. God’s judgment is right and worthy of praise and He created you.
YOU ARE MORE THAN NOTHING
You have great worth in the eyes of God. In my post Are You Enough? Are You Worthy? I discussed our worthiness because of Jesus’ sacrifice. If you were the only one who needed Jesus’ sacrifice, He would do it again. That’s how much worth you have, that’s how much you are loved. Today, I want to tell you that you are more than nothing because of Jesus’ sacrifice, also because of God’s love for you.
When you feel like you are less, remember you are dearly and preciously loved. God designed you. You are specific and intentional.
ENCOURAGEMENT FOR SOBER THINKING
Sober thinking goes both ways. I’m not saying that it will be easy. Even though I can stand here today to say that I am awesome, my journey has been a struggle.
My Father sent me a husband who tells me how much I am worth. Every day he hugs me and tells me he loves me. Over the course of our friendship (and subsequent romantic relationship), he has taught me how to see me the way God does. God sees me with love, unconditionally. HE has given me worth.
SEE YOU AS GOD SEE’S YOU
It is important to see ourselves as God see’s us. We need to remind ourselves of His love for us. He made us specifically and purposefully.
Remember that your thoughts, opinions and worldly position do not make you better or less than the person you are next to. Just like the rest of us, you’re human.
You are loved. You have worth. God made you, you. I have found that I am the best me when I am closest to Him. I have a feeling, it is the same for you.
*Hugs and Loves* Y’all