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About-Him.Com Devotional 02-02-2013
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Think Soberly and Act Accordingly

Romans 12:1 ¶  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 

Last week we mentioned that God is a God of goodness, but also a God of severity. The gentile nations had once known God, but refused to retain Him in their knowledge, were given up by God to work all manner of evil among themselves (Ro. 1-21-32). Just as God rejected these  ancient gentile nations, we’ll face a similar judgment, if we do not continue in the goodness of the Lord. 

As God grants us mercy and extends His grace to us, we reject the things of the world and give our whole body soul and spirit to Him as a holy living sacrifice. The word holy in this instance refers to our living sacrifice being  sanctified or set aside for the Master’s exclusive service. 

We are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Being transformed denotes a radical change has taken place in our lives. This happened at our new birth (2 Co. 5:17; Ga. 6:15) and we seek to maintain our new mental state by following the admonition of the Apostle Paul that we seek to have the mind of Christ. 

Philippians 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
 

Romans 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, 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. 

Paul exhorts us to not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think. It is a human tendency to minimize our shortcomings and exaggerate our abilities. The history of the church has shown that great things have been accomplished by men and women who were of a humble spirit. Likewise, much damage has been done when self centered Christians have been consumed with self-importance and self glorification. If we think soberly, we can do an honest self evaluation and assess what our God given gifts and abilities are, and what they are not. 

Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
 

No Christian can claim that they have nothing to offer to advance the cause of Christ. Note that Paul said that every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. In Romans 12:6 He states that our gifts differ according to the grace or enabling power that has been given to us. 

We remember the Parable of the Pounds (Lu. 19:11-27) and the Parable of the Talents (Mt. 25:14-30). Some servants were given more because of their ability and some were given less; but all were held accountable for that which they had been given. So shall it be with us at the judgment seat of Christ (Ro. 14:10, 2 Co. 5:10). We’ll all be asked to give account of how we used the talents that were entrusted to us. Hopefully, none of us will reply like the one man in the parable who had only received one talent, that he buried it in the ground for safe keeping because he was afraid. 

We all have been given something to do for the kingdom, but we all can’t be top dog, so to speak. Some are called to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastor or teachers for the perfecting of the saints (Ep. 4:11-12) but we all are called for ministry to a lost and dying world.  Our pastors and bishops will never have any contact with the unsaved people that we see every day. So who is going to give them the good news of the gospel? 

Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 

We hope to continue on with Romans 12:4 next week. 

Romans 12:4  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
  

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