Psalm 131:1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters or in things too high for me.
1 Timothy 6:5 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
2 Corinthians 10:12 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. 14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:
I think ministers, churches, and ministries can sometimes get beyond the measure of their place of rule (2 Cor. 10:12-18) and try to do everything, be everything, and have everything for everybody. We all have a place, a position of opportunity, and the lines of our inheritance are good and pleasant Psalm 16:5, 6. None of us, though, are called to do it all so we must stick to our assignment. In God’s plan, other people are not our competition but in His plan we all make it and finish our race. We only strive to measure up to the potential He gave us, not the potential He gave to others.
I think we can get out beyond where we are graced, operate with only human energy, and eventually wear ourselves out. God never intended that. He intended longevity of service not brevity of service. I especially like Psalm 131:1 which says it perfectly, “Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters or in things too high for me.” Only humility like this can deliver us from the power of the nature that caused the Fall.
I’ve seen it time and time again when fame and resources comes to a minister, Church, or ministry that they venture out beyond the measure of their rule. They get competitive and begin to compare themselves with others who also have fame and resources and stretch out their ministry to go beyond where God has assigned and take up the place where others are assigned to labor. The flesh loves competition, rivalry, and selfish ambition. This eventually brings them great financial pressure to fund their ministry and some then give in to compromising, manipulating, gimmicks to get money, and go beyond the Word of God in their offering schemes. Others push themselves beyond the physical breaking point and their health begins to break down or their family relationships fall apart. Humility would have spared them of this self made opposition and also resistance from the Lord (James 4:6).