This Week in Upper School Chapel

Romans 12:3

Lighthouse

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Lighthouse

Lizzie Weichel , staff writer

This week in chapel, Pastor Trey taught out of Romans 12:3, which says, “For by the grace given me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has seen.” This verse speaks to having humility as believers. Each one of us struggles with some sort of pride, whether it is easily discernible or not. Paul, in Romans 12:3, is specifically reminding us to direct our minds towards God and his perfection. Human imperfection is what creates pride in us. When we start comparing ourselves to others, we begin to discern what we consider flaws in other people that we don’t consider ourselves to have, so that we can be better than the other. When looking at this verse, the first thing that came to my mind, was the question of sober judgement. One online definition is “looking at reality”. The reality that we must look at, as Christians, is that none of us are perfect. None of us are even good. We have absolutely nothing to put our pride in apart from Christ because He is the only reason why we have life, hope, peace, and faith. When we begin to realize that Christ is the only thing that we can boast in, we fix our eyes on Him rather than on others. He becomes our “comparison point”, and we try to become more like him rather than better than others. Paul also says in Galatians 6:14, “far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” I hope that after hearing the sermon Wednesday we can each develop this attitude, an attitude of utter humility, knowing that we have nothing apart from Him. Let us approach the throne of grace knowing that Christ is enough for us, not how we look to other people, or how good that we can make ourselves feel in comparison to others.