(2 Corinthians 10:15) ”Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,”
Increasing faith means faith that is growing. Boundaries of trust in the Lord are expanding. Needs are perceived by those whose faith is growing. These are the people who see their own abundance and understand it is there as supply to the perceived needs. Ministry is not meant to operate out of debt but out of this abundance.
Each ministry has it’s own “lane in the road.” Godly ministry will never cross over into another lane with a purpose to increase from another’s labors. It will operate out of the supply provided by those whose heart is knit to those laboring in that particular ministry. This is how ministry boundaries are increased. This is how lost people are reached in unreached people groups and regions. This is how missionary work is meant to be carried out.
Renewed Thought – Growing faith is an intentional pursuit to trust God based on His Word.
I read a devotional this morning by A.W. Tozer that really makes a great point about agape love:
“Love, then, is a principle of good will and is to a large extent under our control. That it can be fanned into a blazing fire is not denied here. Certainly God’s love for us has a mighty charge of feeling in it, but beneath it all is a set principle that wills our peace.” – A.W. Tozer
You can read the rest of this short devotional here: Agape Love
How many relationship problems could be resolved if we just realized that real love is not primarily a feeling?
(Ephesians 5:21) “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”
Pride was the original sin of Lucifer. He no longer respected God or the other angelic beings. The end result of his pride: rebellion. When the Holy Spirit influences us, humility is the result. Submission, like pride, begins in the heart. When we no longer hold God in awe and respect, we start holding ourselves in higher regard than the One who created us. We begin to believe our talents, our mind, our physical capabilities are what give us direction and purpose in this life. The Lord is starting point for all humility and self is the starting point for all pride.
Agape love is love that esteems others more than we esteem ourselves (Galatians 5:14). The Lord Jesus Christ was the ultimate example when He went to the cross for our sins. This is why He is the starting point for all humility. He is our supreme example of what it means to submit. Every capability He possessed that would have allowed Him to avoid the cross was laid aside.
The Son held the Father in more awe than He held Himself. The Son loved humanity more than He loved His own life. Can we say the same things about ourselves?
Renewed Thought – Submission to each other isn’t an act of obedience. It is an act of love.