The scripture for today, December 3, is Romans 12:3 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“For by the race given me I say to everyone of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”
The context of this verse is members of a congregation getting along with each other. He explains that each person is given certain gifts such as serving, teaching, encouraging, contributing and so on (12:6-8).
Many disagreements come about because one person has an idea about a good work, and someone else has a different idea about it, and still someone else says some other good work should be done ~ and they all believe their way is the best way.
Perhaps the best way to judge whether we are thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought, is to ask ourselves this: If I moved away or if I died, would this congregation survive without me? Of course it would.
And if our hearts are set on a certain good work, we can always do it alone; we do not need a committee of people to do it with us.
May our prayer be, “Lord, help me see myself as others do.”