Saturday 17 September 2016

by David Rouxel

2 Corinthians 10:15 : « We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged. »

In this chapter from 2 Corinthians, Paul speaks of the ministry that he’s been exercising among the people in the city of Corinth. As in every ministry, Paul always has complaints about his work.

There is also in this chapter the famous verse which tells us a lot about the difficulties that he had encountered during his ministry. In verse 3 we learn that, we must not forget that even though Jesus Christ defeated the enemy of our souls, the attacks against us from Satan remain very present.

Paul’s intention was never to turn people into his followers, but into disciples of Jesus.   And when he talks about limits, he is actually talking about rules or principles that we must not breach. The principle that he mentions in this verse is very simple. He desires the disciples’ faith to enlarged in order to create what is called a « megaluno » in greek, which would eventualy lead to a “mega-enlargement” of Paul’s service to them.

Indeed, the fact that we let our hearts be enlarged through faith doesn’t just allow the manifestation of God through us, but also through others’ ministries for the Church in a powerful way. The work we do on these limits set on our hearts as individuals has consequences on the limits that are set in Church.

We have a choice: we can either criticize the Church and its leaders, thereby enlarging the size of demonic attacks against the people,  or else we can chose to see with the eyes of the Spirit : a Church that can overcome what we can’t accomplish through the flesh. We must not underestimate the power of collective faith in the midst of the members of the Church.

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