Day 3 Read: Romans 12:3-5
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Reflect: How does Paul say believers are to think of themselves among the body of Christ? What is the key to assessing one’s place in the larger body?
Consider: What was the grace given to Paul? Here are the key verses that reveal the grace that was given to him:
• Romans 1:5: Grace and apostleship to call Gentiles to faith.
• Romans 15:15: Grace given to be a minister of Christ to the Gentiles.
• 1 Corinthians 15:10: The grace of apostleship was at work in him.
• Galatians 2:9: The grace given to him was evident to church leaders.
• Ephesians 3:7: Grace to be a servant of the gospel.
• Ephesians 4:7: Grace that was apportioned to him by Christ.3
Respond: How do these verses connect with the first two of this chapter in helping the believer understand what is meant by a “living sacrifice”? What is the one thing mentioned here the believer must allow God to root out of his or her life?
3 Kenneth Boa and William Kruidenier, Romans, vol. 6, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 368.