Neither Pride Nor Protest

3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith (Romans 12).

To be arrogant as a believer is to forget God’s allotment of faith to him.  This word “allotted” here means “to divide,” which is how it is mostly translated in the New Testament—even in the sense of when Jesus said “a kingdom divided against itself…” (Mark 3:24). Read Genesis and see how, when God created everything, He did so by dividing day from night, heavens from earth, earth from waters, creatures from man. Thus so, God divides people as well: boundaries of nations (Acts 17:26), believers from non-believers (Romans 9-11), and as we see here, even believers themselves in the measure of faith allowed to them. Some have been “allotted” more or less “measure” than others.

We can be arrogant about our faith, or else argue with God about how little faith we have—forgetting the fact that it is only by the grace of God we have faith at all. We should all be thankful for our faith—harboring neither pride nor protest.

Lord, we thank You that You have allotted faith to us. We believe You have even more to allot, and await more of this grace in our church.  Help us This Day to live out this faith. Amen.