Friday – November 10, 2017 – The Role of Your Measure of Faith
Romans 12:3-8 (NKJV) For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Even though Jesus had the Spirit without limit, we all have limitations. He is the head and we are His body. The body has a variety of parts and we each have our part to play in advancing the gospel. However, the tendency is for people who are noticeably gifted to have too high an opinion of themselves. God deliberately positioned each of us to need the gifts of others. The distribution of the gifts provides a sense of belonging to the overall body. You, as an individual, are needed to make the body complete.
The gifts that Paul lists here are prophecy, ministry (serving), teaching, exhortation, giving, leading and showing mercy.We are all given one of these gifts as a motivation to do what we do.
The giftedness in each of these areas is a matter of degrees. We cannot say that because we don’t have the gift of giving, we will not give. A mature Christian should exhibit the characteristics of all the motivational gifts. Do not allow a weakness in areas of giftedness as an excuse for being deficient in Christian character. We must all operate in each area, but only one of the gifts will motivate you to do what you do.
What motivates you to serve the Lord? If your motivation is prophecy, your desire is to proclaim the truth. If your gift is ministry, you want to meet the needs of others to enable them to fulfill their callings. If you are a teacher, you are motivated to explain the truth, so a learner can make accurate and complete decisions. Exhorters want to promote maturity in believers and provoke them to grow in their faith. Givers entrust others with the assets that God has given them in order to maximize their stewardship. Leaders are motivated to establish goals and develop a method that enables the achievement of stated goals. Finally, those who show mercy seek to remove distress and are willing to share other’s burdens.
Whatever it is that motivates you to serve the Lord, use it to the fullest and advance Jesus and His Kingdom.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for gifting me in a way that allows me to need others and to serve You.