Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 10, 2020

“each of us is to exercise them (spiritual gifts) … according to the proportion of his faith”

Today’s devotion comes from Romans 12:3-8.

“For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think;  but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.  For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.  Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly:  if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;  if service, in his serving;  or he who teaches, in his teaching;  or he who exhorts, in his exhortation;  he who gives, with liberality;  he who leads, with diligence;  he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”  Romans 12:3-8.


Today’s Scripture instructs us to exercise our spiritual gifts according to the proportion of our faith.

First, we believe that we are God’s workmanship created for good works and that God gave us a spiritual gift to do those good works, so we exercise that spiritual gift out of such faith.  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

Second, we believe that God gives us the will to use that spiritual gift and that God also works within us to use that spiritual gift, so we exercise that spiritual gift out of such faith.  “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

Third, we believe that God will perfect our use of that spiritual gift, so we exercise that spiritual gift out of such faith.  “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.


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