Thinking of Ourselves

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.  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.  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every many 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. 

Romans 12:1-3

In verses one and two, we are admonished to present ourselves living sacrifices to God.  We are admonished to allow Him to make the decisions in our lives.  After telling us those things, we come to the third verse.  There, we are told that we, as Christians, are “not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think…”

We aren’t supposed to think more highly of ourselves than we “ought to think.”  That might sound simple, but we are prideful creatures by nature.  It is our nature to be proud.  It is our nature to think highly of ourselves.  But God wants us to be humble and remember what we are.

We are vile sinners.  We are nothing in ourselves.  The only reason we are anything is the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is only through Him that we enjoy salvation and forgiveness.  Remembering those things will help us to think ourselves as we ought to think.  It will help us to keep our pride in check.

Really, the main point of life is to keep our eyes on Jesus and not on ourselves.  Doing that will help keep our opinions of ourselves in check!


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