In his second letter to the Corinthian church, Paul begins to talk about some of the “super-apostles” that were traveling around at that time. There were a number of them who associated together. They looked down on ministers like Paul who was not a trained speaker.
This is like the associational or denominational groups of our day. They have the temptation of thinking their group is the best. Paul gives us some insight into these people.
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
2 Corinthians 10:12
The first word I want to look at in this verse is “classify.” That’s an interesting word. It literally means to judge in or to count among.
There’s a modern word that I think, best describes what Paul is saying here. That’s the word, label. Paul tells us that he doesn’t label himself as one of them.
We live in a society of labels. We label people in regards to everything from appearance (race) to gender identification to religion, and politics, just to name a few.
I believe that labels have no place in the body of Christ. As soon as you place a label on yourself, a barrier goes up that can begin to exclude people.
The next thing he says is that he doesn’t use that group as a standard of comparison. What these other ministries do or don’t do has no bearing on what Paul is called to accomplish.
This should apply to us as well. We have no business judging ourselves based upon what others are doing. Each of us has a unique set of gifts and callings in Christ Jesus.
One of the biggest problems with the “super-apostles” that Paul’s talking about is that they commend themselves. This means that they put themselves forward or display themselves. That’s never a good idea.
In the church, we need to let our praise come from the Lord or others. What I say about myself is immaterial. Only those who have been affected can say what they have received from my ministry.
According to Paul, the problem with these other ministries is that they’ve come up with their own method of comparison. It’s also a problem among church leaders today. It’s all wrapped up in the word, measure.
That word is all about size. How big is your church? How many people are on your e-mail list? How many subscribers to your blog?
Since when do these factors translate to your anointing? It’s more about maturity, obedience to God, and the eternal effects of your ministry.
We need to stay focused on what really matters. Don’t be looking at and comparing yourself to what others are doing. Walk your own path with Christ.
Question: What is the number one calling upon your life right now?
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