“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you.” ~2 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NIV)
For the past few days, I have been wanting to send you a message of encouragement, Sister. One that reminds you of your place in the Kingdom of God. A place that is needed. A place that is not overlooked. A place that impacts your sphere of the world. And a place where walls of comparison may discourage you from viewing your importance in the kingdom of God.
In 2 Corinthians Chapter 10, Paul is writing to the body of Christ to defend himself against criticism and warn against comparison. He is urging his brothers and sisters to shift their focus from his personal efforts, to focus on the bigger picture. The bigger picture of what Christ is doing –the bigger picture this is not complete without you and me.
Paul is reminding us of the purpose of ministry. He was also reminding us of the role and authority we hold in the Kingdom of God.
He reminds us that the work we are doing is important work, powerful and purposed to impact the world around us.
You need to know Sister, the place you occupy in the Kingdom of God is necessary. You serve a mandatory role in the places where you are, and the places you will go.
When our focus is fixed on comparing our efforts in the kingdom vs. complementing each other’s work, we will miss our part in the miracle. We can miss what God is doing for others. We can also miss what He has done or is doing for us.
So, let’s fix our focus not on each other in a way that distracts from the kingdom, but adds to it.
Allowing our earthly assignments to serve as a complement to each other over criticism or comparison. Reminding ourselves that each of our roles is important to the body of Christ and the work God wants to do here on Earth.