What do you think when the Apostle Paul said, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself… in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” Let’s take a moment and visualize ourselves as some of those people who are in the Bible.
If I were David, what would I think about myself? What would I think about how my family viewed me? A shepherd boy? Just as his father described and did not consider he could be the king of the nation. But, God described David as a man after His own heart who by the faith He had in God, defeated the giant and became king of the whole nation. (1 Samuel 13, 16, 1 Samuel 17, 2 Samuel 5)
Or if I am Moses, what would I think about myself? A traitor? A murderer? God called him, “Moses, My servant”. God chose him to be the leader who would rescue His people. (Hebrews 13:5, Exodus 3)
How about if I am Peter? A fisherman? God chose him to build His church (Matthew 4:19, 16:18) Apostle Paul? A person who was anti-Christ, or a person who died for Christ? (Acts 8, 2 Corinthians 11) What about Esther? An orphan? A person who had to hide her true identity to survive? Or a queen who was adored by her king and was a part of the plan of God? (Book of Esther)
My dear friends, we should not determine our value or our future based on our own judge or the judgement of others. Instead, we should think of ourselves in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of us. How do you know that you have not been created for “just a time as this” like Esther? She was chosen to be the queen and help save the whole nation of Israel from massacre. How do you know you are not chosen to be the rock like Peter and build the church for Christ? How do you know you are not the one God will appoint to lead a rescue team like Moses? Let me tell you the truth, we all are appointed to prepare the way for the Lord and to reach out like John the Baptist (Mark 1). God desires that we all be saved in the name of Jesus and transformed to be like Christ, just like Paul (Acts 9). We have all been chosen to defeat the devil by sharing the word of our testimony through what Jesus has done in our life (Revelation 12:11).
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Hebrews 11:1-3, NIV)
Throughout Hebrews 11, we can see many examples of things happening “By Faith” and God accomplishing His work through them. It mentions in verse 32, “And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell you about…” all of them!
From this day on, stop living by sight but by faith! (2 Corinthians 5:7) Being the one God created you to be and working to carry out the plan He seeks to accomplish through you.