Beverly Gaventa says Christianity teaches us not to think too much – or too little – of ourselves.
I think humility plays a huge role in Paul’s understanding. I’ve been working now for a long time on Paul’s letter to the Romans, and I’m increasingly struck by how often that letter comes back to this business of, don’t think too much of yourself. I think it’s because he was dealing with some people who did think too much of themselves – that wouldn’t be especially surprising.
I would go on to say that if I had one little piece of advice for Paul, it would be: don’t forget those who tend to think too little of themselves. Because we see that happen all the time too. It’s not just a matter of humility, but also recognising the gifts God has given us, and rejoicing in those and making use of those.