Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think 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
It is, however, essential that the estimate which each man puts upon the strength of his own faith; should be thoroughly single-minded and sincere, nor biased by self-love.
It take faith to send banking information, checks or money orders by mail, because in this day and age anything can happen! When you send a money order by mail, do you ever fear that it may get lost or that someone may steal it? I have heard of people who’s tax refunds get lost, and cashed; as I said anything can happen. Drinking milk, or vitamins because you believe in its health benefits, is done by faith as well; you do not REALLY know what is in milk or in those ‘so called’ vitamins right. And you certainly, do not know the details of your body and it’s reactions to these substances/supplements, and neither do you know of your exact needs (let’s say your body actually needs 2% iron, yet these pills contain 10%, it can be pretty harmful). I say this, so that you may consider your own faith ‘levels’.
What do you have faith about? And what faith would God be able to work with? You see, doctors and pharmaceuticals work with society’s faith in medicine and fear of pain and death. We the consumers, give them something to work with. I personally dislike TV, because every commercial is selling medicine; medicine to help you get sicker. But people who believe, will buy them because they feel these could help them. And others will never get medicine, because they placed their faith in God. All believers have been given graces of God. We all have different gifts, according to God’s purpose for our lives. God will impart to you grace, depending on your faith. It does not mean you are better than anyone, nor does it mean perfection. It simply means, that God knows us uniquely and is able to work with our faith. Being good or great at something, is to give the glory to God; even the size of your faith!
GIVE GOD SOMETHING TO WORK WITH!
In the book of Romans, Paul speaks on the gifts of the Spirit, and there are many! Things that seem so normal like giving, teaching and even being of help are graces God gives. We need His divine power to manifest and submit to His will, without which we could not. Grace works in every type of service, including prophesying, healing, encouraging, leading, and showing mercy to others. I know some who have the grace to cook, others to sow! I know people who can hug you into a healing, or who give a word of knowledge which brings an entire group into a deliverance. I, for example, recognize that God has graced me with encouragement, comfort, teaching, speaking and performance related servitude. God cares about every detail of our lives, dealing specifically with what we give Him to work with! Now imagine, a person who has never gone to school, and who may not know how to read when God calls them to be a bible school teacher? Pretty awesome right? Except this person has no idea, how to do the minimal basics, like read or write. God gives them grace to learn, and this is manifested (seen, recognized) as learning extremely fast, or receiving resources to help the fulfill the call (books and materials, other teachers, classrooms, new opportunities) and even time can be shortened in the process (divine connections and appointments). I used that example to exemplify the capacity of God’s grace in our lives.
What are you believing God for? Are you giving Him something to work with? This is the only way He can impart unto you the faith that is necessary for your calling and assignment.
Thank you heavenly father, thank you for grace and faith. I do not know where I would be without you. I thank you for all my friends and family, who you have blessed with hope, love and faith. I pray you continue this work in us, and increase our surrender in order for you to do greater things in us, with us and through us. In the name of Jesus, Amen!