Scripture Union Daily Guide 10th November 2020 – Self–Commendation Is Never Authentic
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TODAY’S TOPIC: SELF-COMMENDATION IS NEVER AUTHENTIC
Open Prayer: Plant my steps in the sure promises of your word today, dear Lord.
Today Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:12–18(NKJV) – Limits of Paul’s Authority
12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you.
14 For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ;
15 not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere,
16 to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment.
17 But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” 18 For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• Is there any other Biblical passage that can help me understand this passage better?
Today’s Outline On Scripture Union Daily Guide 10th November 2020
Paul confronts the false teachers who were discrediting his apostleship by showing their lack of reasoning in boasting about catching fish in someone’s fishpond (vv.14, 16). That is destroying rather than building God’s church as they cause disharmony. Some preachers in our nations today make it their business to disturb congregations by establishing churches among churched communities.
They persuade many to switch churches, but no new converts are added to the church of Christ as a whole. This switching causes a lot of unhealthy relationship and discouragement. Many of such preachers often speak ill of the original preachers who established the congregations from where they are poaching. They would do well to go to unreached communities and start new work there.
This is hard work they do not like to do. They compare themselves with other people and not the unchanging God’s standards. Self–commendation leads to pride and taking God’s glory which is a serious sin. Rather, we need to work within designated parameters set by God, the owner of the ministry.
⁂ Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• A challenge: What is your aim in your ministry – God’s glory or yours?
• Grant Lord, that you may be able to say of me, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
• Pray for the Church to spend money in a way that will best honour God.
• Offer a prayer of faith in line with Philippians 1:6
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1 Chron. 1–3; Jude
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