“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” (Romans 12:3).
Besides being a book of doctrine, the book of Romans is also a book on living the righteous life. The Apostle Paul lays out some practical principles that characterize the life of anyone who is serious about pleasing God. This verse is no exception.
Paul’s teaching here centers on our own attitudes and the esteem we have for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Even Paul, with all of the benefits he had as an inspired apostle did not reflect an attitude of arrogance or superiority to those around him.
Humility and consideration of others are two of the defining characteristics that make up our service in Christ. If we feel superior to those around us or if we carry a sense of self-importance on our shoulders, we can neither please God nor can we hope to have a positive spiritual influence on those around us.