God Has Given Each One a Measure of Faith

img_2265Second, we are to think that God has given a measure of faith to each one. “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” (Rom. 12:3). The verb “assigned” (merizo) means “distribute . . . assign, apportion.” (Gingrich)

In the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples. Mark wrote, “And he divided [merizo] the two fish among them all” (Mk. 6:38-41).

God has apportioned a measure of faith to each one in the body of Christ. Paul wrote, “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned [merizo] to him, and to which God has called him” (1 Cor. 7:17). “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Cor. 12:7).

What is this measure of faith? It is the faith that trusts God for the grace that one has received. One day Jesus asked two blind men if they believe that He is able to heal them. They said, “Yes, Lord.” “Then Jesus touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith, it shall be done unto you.’ Their eyes were opened” (Matt. 9:30-31). Jesus said, “According to your faith.” Paul talks of the measure of faith, the faith that believes God for God’s grace. The measure of faith receives the measure of grace. This measure of grace is manifested in the “functions” mentioned in v. 4. It is seen in the different “gifts” in v. 6.

Each one has received a measure of faith. But the measure of faith is different for each one. Not every member of the body has received the same gift. No one gift is given to every member. God has assigned a different measure of faith to each one to function differently in the body of Christ.

Thus, in the body of Christ, the church, do not think of yourself too proudly, but to think of yourself in a self-controlled, sober way. Think that God has assigned each one a measure of faith. Each one has a special ability in the body. Each one has a special function. Everyone is gifted by God.

Therefore, do not think that you are more special than the other. Do not think that others are less important than you. God has given each one a measure of faith. Each one is vital and important in the body of Christ.

This is how we should also renew our minds in the body of Christ.

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