True and false measurement Pt I - 2 Corinthians 10:12-18

12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 2 Corinthians 10:12-13 (KJV)

How to Measure Spiritual Ministry (2 Corinthians 10:12–18). I suppose more problems have been caused by people “measuring the ministry” than by any other activity in the church. In His personal examination of the seven churches named in Revelation 2–3, the Lord Jesus measured them far differently than they measured themselves. The church that thought it was poor, He considered being rich; and the church that boasted of its wealth, He declared to be poor (Revelation 2:8). Some people measure ministry only by statistics.

False measurement (v.12). The Judaizers were great on measuring their ministry, because a religion of external activities is much easier to measure than one of internal transformation. Though, the Lord is the only One who can see spiritual growth in a believer’s heart. Sometimes those who are growing the most feel like they are less than the least.

Motive is as much a part of God’s measurement of our work as is growth. If we are seeking to glorify and please God alone, and if we are not afraid of His evaluation of our hearts and lives, then we need not fear the estimates of men or their criticisms. “But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord”.