Paul continues his letter to the Christians in Rome with instructions for living out the Christian faith, based as it is on the amazing Grace of God. First among these instructions is willingly giving all that we are to God, and allowing Him to change us into the image of Jesus Christ, starting by renewing our minds. Paul’s first warning, his first instruction regarding how Christians are to interact with each other, follows. “Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think that you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” Romans 12:3 NLT
When we review this faith that God has given us, we come face to face with the Righteousness, Compassion, Wisdom, Power, and Love of God. He is in every way so far our superior, that our comparisons of ourselves with our fellow men immediately lose all relevance. Our cause was so hopeless, and God’s Grace so available, that one man can never feel superior to another in His Presence. And when we stop comparing ourselves to each other, when we turn our attention toward God, we can honestly thank Him for the work He has already done in our lives and earnestly ask Him to continue until He is pleased with the result.