One of the most memorable lessons I’ve had (and continue to learn) in my faith has been how to look at myself with “sober judgment,” or as I really am, instead of how I wish I would be. It seems to be the natural inclination of our hearts to be quick to judge others, while being quick to give ourselves the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes fueled by pride, self-preservation, or even a shallow understanding of the grace we have received and need daily from God.
As I read this verse and look inward, I’m encouraged by the final statement that we should reflect inwardly “in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” When we come to know Christ, God allows us to see more clearly the ways in which we need to be convicted and transformed to become like Him. By God’s grace in that process, He doesn’t expose everything at one time, but convicts and leads us to repentance as we walk and grow in faith with Him.
In my experience, truly thinking of myself with sober judgment means consciously laying down my pride and asking God to reveal anything in me that He wants to bring to the surface. As I do so, He also reveals His heart towards me, His abounding love and faithfulness to forgive, and how my identity remains secure in God; continually reminding me of how this process is both for my good as well as His glory!