What does Paul mean when he says God has dealt to every man a measure of faith?

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Paul wrote, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).

In this verse, Paul is addressing the believers in the church of Rome. He gave a strong warning to the believers against overestimating themselves. A man needs to become acquainted with the weak as well as the strong points in his character, so that he may be constantly guarded against engaging in actions and seeking responsibilities for which God has never called him.

The person who is proud is not acting properly for humility is the natural fruit of yielding to God’s Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). The faithful believer understands that his power comes from a complete reliance upon God’s grace for every spiritual gift he may have. This realization leaves no room for inappropriate self-esteem.

People should not be esteemed by worldly success, wealth, education, or class. The real standard is faith which once adopted in the heart will lead the believer to greater humility. For the greater his measure of faith, the clearer will be his realization of his full dependence upon the Lord.

The reason why believers must have humility is that the church, like the human body, is made up of many parts with different roles to play. These roles are all essential but are not all equal. The well-being of the church as a whole depends upon the charity, respect and shared esteem among the believers as each one performs his God given duty (1 Cor. 12:12–17).

Jesus washed the feet of His disciples to teach them humility. And He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:12-14).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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