Some of us take a lot of pride in who we are, the title we have, the position we are in, the amount of money we have blah blah blah. We love to make ourselves seem more important than everyone else. But in Romans 12:3-8 Yahweh, through the writing of Paul is teaching us two key things.
OK let's break this down starting with Romans 12:3 - 5. We are talking about humility. Something Christians love to talk about but don’t always want to show. But see as Christians we should definitely think highly of ourselves but not too highly. Each Christian needs to work on humility. Bishop so and so, Dr whoever, everyone. We get tempted to think we are better and greater because of a title. Some of us become conceded, prideful, and arrogant. We become full of ourselves because of…
Many of us think we are better than others. But that type of thinking is 100 percent against Yah. Yes, we should have confidence in ourselves. Yes, we should have pride in ourselves. But it should be sane and balanced. Thinking too highly of yourself is an insane thought. Thinking you are better or more important than everyone else is insane behavior. Nobody is more important than anyone else to Yahweh.
Why is it important to walk humbly? Well for one, what you are, who you are and what you have comes from Yah, no yourself. According to Romans 12:3, Yah has “Dealt every man the measure of faith”. “Huh What are you talking about '' (That's you thinking in your head BTW). OK, now the word faith in this text is talking about the gifts, talents, and skills Yahweh gives us. He also gives us the faith and confidence to use these gifts. We are talking about A “working faith” and that is the drive-in us to serve Yahweh. That drive comes from him!
Here is something else we need to understand. We have no reason to think too highly of ourselves. Why? Because we all age, deteriorate and die. We all get weaker. No matter how skilled we are. We will eventually have to step aside for someone else.
We also need to understand, Yahweh gifts everyone. Not just you and me. Everyone! Now peep this, and I know this analogy gets used a lot but it's true. Real followers of Christ make up a body. That's why you hear the phrase, “The body of Christ”. When you look at our body you notice we have hundreds of different parts but no two have the same function. We have two arms but they don't function in the same exact way. You see how when a person loses an arm, they have to learn how to get through life without it? And it's tough. Because every part has a role it plays and no part is more important than the other. That's how the “Christian body” is. There are a lot of us but we are all one body and we are equally important. It doesn't matter what your office, rank, title, or skill is. You are no more important than anyone else.
It doesn't even matter what your spiritual gift is. When we become followers of Yeshua ( Jesus) we are given spiritual gifts. Now these gifts are not for you to look good or feel important. They are for “The Body”. So what are these spiritual gifts?
1. ADMINISTRATION: The ability to help steer the church, or a ministry, toward the successful completion of God-given goals, with skills in planning, organization, and supervision.
DISCERNMENT: The wisdom to recognize truth from untruth by correctly evaluating whether a behavior or teaching is from God or another, ungodly source.
2. EVANGELISM: The ability to successfully communicate the message of the gospel, especially to nonbelievers.
3. EXHORTATION: Competence in offering encouragement, comfort, and support to help someone be all that God wants them to be.
4. FAITH: People with this gift have such great confidence in the power and promises of God that they can stand strong in their belief, no matter what may try to shake them. They can also stand up for the church and for their faith in such a way as to defend and move it forward.
5. GIVING: Those who have this gift are particularly willing and able to share what resources they have with pleasure, and without the need to see them returned.
6. HEALING: A capability used by God to restore others, be that physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually.
7. HELPS: Someone with this gift is able to support or assist members of the body of Christ so that they may be free to minister to others.
8. HOSPITALITY: A natural ability to make people—even strangers—feel welcome in one’s own home or church as a means to disciple or serve them.
9. KNOWLEDGE: This is the gift of someone who actively pursues knowledge of the Bible. This person may also enjoy analyzing biblical data.
10. LEADERSHIP: This aptitude marks a person who is able to stand before a church, to direct the body with care and attention, and to motivate them toward achieving the church’s goals.
11. MERCY: This is the defining trait of a person with great sensitivity for those who are suffering. It manifests itself in offering compassion and encouragement, and in a love for giving practical help to someone in need.
12. PROPHECY: The ability to speak the message of God to others. This sometimes involves foresight or visions of what is to come. This skill should be used only to offer encouragement or warning.
13. SERVING: A talent for identifying tasks needed for the body of Christ and using available resources to get the job done.
14. SPEAKING IN TONGUES: The supernatural ability to speak in another language (one that has not been learned).
15. TEACHING: The skill to teach from the Bible and communicate it effectively for the understanding and spiritual growth of others.
16. WISDOM: The gift of being able to sort through facts and data to discover what needs to be done for the church. Source: Tyndale
Long story short, Have confidence in yourself but at the same time, always be humble!