Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | April 28, 2006

No Limits to Your Growth | 03

Here is the third and final part of Bryn Jone's 1981 article 'No Limits to Your Growth'.

God want us to Grow in our Ministry

Paul recognised not only his gift in the body of Christ, but the measure of authority and rule God had given him in the lives of people. 'We however will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the field God has assigned to us, a field that reaches even to you' (2 Cor.10:13). Paul was careful not to assume authority where God had not given it. But he was anxious to both defend and exercise his rights where God had extended them, as at Corinth.

Yet even this great apostle Paul was not content to view his fruitfulness at Corinth as the end of the line. To adopt this attitidue would be to limit himself. His heart was bursting to reach into new areas. He believed what Isaiah had said, that there would be no end to the increase of Christ's government (Is.9:7), was true for him also. Paul recognised that Christ was extending his government through the ministries he had given to the church. Consequently, he was anxious that his ministry would lead to an increas of the rule of Christ through him. One of the saddest things in life is to meet Christians whose anticipation of growth in serving God has come to an end. They become trapped in a rut and fail to see the increasing rule of God through them.

There is nothing stopping us going on to greater things and extending our ministry excpet our self-imposed limits. Things stagnate when we cease to use them. Everything we have received from God that expresses his will and his government is meant to increase within us and through us. This helps us to understand Paul's exhortations to earnestly desire spiritual gifts while pursuing love. The implication being, do not settle for what you have as being God's last word but see it as a tool to use now and an incentive to greater things for the future.

Let the present limits of your ministry become the stepping stones to greater things. For if you receive it, there will be no end to the increase of his government and peace through you.

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