True and False measurement Pt 2 - 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 … 2 Corinthians 10:12-13 (KJV)

True measurement (vv. 13–18). Paul suggests three questions we may ask ourselves as we seek to measure our ministries by the will of God. Am I where God wants me to be? (vv. 13–14), Is God glorified by my ministry, Can the Lord commend my work? (v. 18) God “assigned a field” in which Paul was to work: he was the apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15; 22:21). He was also to go where no other apostle had ministered; he was to be a “pioneer preacher” to the Gentiles.

God is not going to measure us on the basis of the gifts and opportunities that He gave to A or B. There is something intimidating about attending a pastors’ conference or a denominational convention, because the people on the program are usually the “front-runners” with the best records. Young pastors and older men in narrow places often go home carrying feelings of guilt because their faithful work does not seem to produce as much fruit.

If only they would realize that God measures their ministries on the basis of where He has put them, and not on the basis of what is going on in some other city, it would encourage them to stay on the job and keep being faithful. Is God glorified by my ministry? (vv. 15–17). Paul would not boast about another man’s work, nor would he invade another man’s territory. Whatever work he did, God did through him, and God alone should receive the glory.

We’re all doing the same work, and all that counts is that God is glorified.