Today, at church, our Pastor read from Romans 12.   The verse that captured me was 3b

“..In accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”

I enjoyed this thought of God giving each of us a measure of faith.  So many times we use comparison, comparison is NOT a gift from above, to believe that we need to be more spiritual.  Is it that we each have our own talents, gifts, AND a personal measure of faith that we are in charge of?  All we have to “worry” about is achieving what God has for us.

This is NOT to use as an excuse for not reading the Bible, praying, telling others about the Lord, etc.  But I do see this as a freedom from comparing our spiritual life to others.  “Betty is so faithful, I wish I could be more like her.  I have so much doubt and feel so insignificant.”  God has given you a measure of faith and He has a plan for you, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

This also goes the other way.  We may need to change the way we speak of our family members i.e. “Baby Christians”.  Or haven’t you heard people say “I can’t believe that person is a Christian?”.  Do we pray for them and ask God to increase their measure for His blessings?  What about to pray for ways for us to be more compassionate and realize that anyone can be under a microscope and not “measure” up.  Maybe we are just all Christians that are in different times in our lives with their “measure of faith” at that time. 

Isn’t it so wonderful that God has it all planned and measured each accordingly?  He knows what we are to be.  Let’s measure ourselves to God’s standards for us, not others.