Paul said it well: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” He was astounded, amazed, and perhaps even a little befuddled by God’s rich outpouring of gifts and talents and blessing to the Church and to all people. It was because of this amazement that he wrote the next few verses. It is a reminder for us, too!
His appeal was for his brothers (and sisters in the faith of Jesus Christ) to present themselves to God for worship and service. We have differing gifts and talents but we have the same God and Savior! No one is better or worse that another. All people have all been purchased and won from the power of sin, death, and the devil by Jesus Christ and His cross-bought merits, and it is the Christian’s privilege and responsibility to share this message: to go and make disciples of all nations, teaching others about Jesus. So, Paul admonishes his readers (including us) “not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think.” Instead of assuming some misguided sense of superiority, we are to “think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”
This can be a difficult thing for us, I know! But try! Our humility and sacrifice won’t win any awards or special privileges, but it will show other people our Savior. Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a Roman cross! Telling others, or showing others how this Gospel has changed our lives is still the strongest witness we can give!
It is my fervent prayer that we will join ranks and share this message in all we do and say; and if we happen to fail to do this—remember that Jesus came to seek and save sinners like us! What Paul had to say in our reading this week is well said, INDEED!
We pray: Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus to be our Savior. Thank You for giving us of Your Spirit that our faith would grow strong. Help us to share this Good News with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.