Bible Verse

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you:  Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you”  Romans 12:3

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.  If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if is to encourage, then give encouragement, if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”  Romans 12:6-8

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

We were all born with special abilities.  Regardless of what those abilities are, we were born with the basic skills.  It is important for us to work with those skills and contribute to our families, friends, and others as efficiently as possible without being concerned about how much credit or praise we will receive.  Focus on being a better person and helping those around you and making the best use of the time you have. 

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

I was born with athletic skills that lead indirectly to the ability to lead.  In high school, I did well in school, but I excelled in sports.  I played football, and basketball wrestled and was a high jumper and pole vaulter on the track team.  However, in the beginning, I missed the Romans 12:3 message.  I was too concerned about getting credit for everything I did.

Then my father was transferred from a small town (Paradise, California) to Los Angeles.  Suddenly, I was a senior in high school and no one knew who I was.  The competition was so much stronger in Los Angeles.  I decided it was too late to start over in a new city, so I did not join the team.  Then I had a dream that night.  The voice kept telling me to play for the team, not myself.  The next morning the football coach called me to his office.  He said my coach from Paradise High School called him and suggested I play. 

I knew the dream and the coach calling me to his office were linked.  I started practicing with the team that night and I did everything I could to help the other players.  They began to support me, and I eventually earned a full scholarship to college.  The concept of playing for the team and contributing as much as I could help me for the rest of my life.  I was a pilot in the Marine Corp during Viet Nam, I created several businesses, and I have a family with three wonderful children. 

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

For me, thinking of myself with sober judgement meant to play for the team, not myself.  I have experienced many challenges, but when I look back on my life, I am happy about playing for the team.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

4 replies on “Christian Bible Lesson 59:  Think of yourself with sober judgment.  ”

  1. You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write.
    The sector hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe.
    All the time go after your heart.

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