Thinking Soberly

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

Verse three tells us (after telling us that we should not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think) that we need to “think soberly.”  The word “soberly” simply means “seriously.”  We need to be serious minded people.

Thinking soberly does not mean that we cannot have a sense of humor.  It does not mean that we cannot enjoy life or laugh.  But it does mean that we need to be serious about certain things, especially spiritual things.

We need to be serious about our walk with the Lord.  We need to be serious about telling others about Him and getting others to Him.  We need to be serious about living our lives in a way that honors Him.

We are sober and serious about these things because we understand what is at stake.  We understand that people are going to go either to Heaven or Hell.  We understand that all men are sinners and that the only way to be forgiven of all of our sins is to come to Jesus Christ for His mercy and grace.  Life is not just a big party or a joke.  There is life and death in the decisions that people make.

Understanding these things will help us to keep our minds sober and keep us right with the Lord Jesus.

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