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.
I think ministers, churches, and ministries can sometimes get beyond the measure of their place of rule 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. 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. This eventually brings them great financial pressure to fund their ministry and some then give in to compromising, manipulating, and using beyond the Word of God offering schemes and gimmicks to get money. All the while even the world sees through it and mocks us.
The Apostle Paul said it this way in 2 Corinthians 10:12-18, “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: 15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly. 16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.”
No one in the Body of Christ is given grace to do nothing for we are created in Christ unto good works Eph. 2:10. In the same way, no one is given grace to do everything. Each of us has a part to play and each of us have a measure of rule. We need to learn to stick to our assignment, keep rank (1 Chron. 12:32, 33), and not pick up every burden we see.