In reading through 2 Corinthians 10 today, I was caught by the words “the area of influence God has assigned to us.” In this section of the chapter, the apostle Paul is speaking about how God has established Paul’s authority and influence among the Corinthian church.
However, it got me thinking about what “areas of influence” God has assigned to me. What gifts and “measure of faith” (Romans 12:3) has God blessed me with to be used for His plans and glory?
“Since all human abilities and attainments are gifts from God, the only true basis for boasting is to “boast in the Lord,” i.e., in what the Lord provides, not in one’s own presumed accomplishments Lord commends his people by working in and through their lives” (ESV Study Bible notes).
13But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you. 14For we are not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach you. For we were the first to come all the way to you with the gospel of Christ. 15We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged, 16so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence. 17″Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 18For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. (2 Corinthians 10:13-18)
3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. (Romans 12:3