ROMAS 12, 3-8REV. RALPH WARDLAW, D.D.Romans xii. 3 — 8.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is anionjjyou, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For aswe have many members in one body, and all niembei-s have not the same office ; sowe, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whetherprophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, letus wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhoit-eth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth,with diligence: he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulnetis.**
The duty inculcated in the first verse, of " presenting ourpersons a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God,"includes in it our considering all we are and all we have asbestowed by Him, to be employed in his service and to hisglory. This, moreover, is the very spirit of the discon-formity to the world inculcated in the preceding verse ; theidol of the world — the idol of unregenerate human nature,being Sblf; which, under one or other of its forms andclaims, is worshipped, in opposition to God, by "high andlow, rich and poor together."In order to our serving God aright, in entire self-conse-cration, there is no feature of character so essential q:& humility.Pride and vanity, engendered by the possession of any thingin which we have, in the providence of God, been made todiffer from others, is, in as far as it operates, the very spiritof the world. They lead us to pervert the design of the giftsand talents bestowed on us, — ^to alienate them from the glory...'^mts'mimmmami'