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Limits God Sets

Limits God Sets

10 April 2010

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 8-10; 2 Corinthians 10

Scripture:

13 We aren’t making outrageous claims here. We’re sticking to the limits of what God has set for us. But there can be no question that those limits reach to and include you. 16 And we’ll all still be within the limits God sets as we proclaim the Message in countries beyond Corinth. But we have no intention of moving in on what others have done and taking credit for it. (2 Corinthians 10:13, 16 MSG)

Paul was defending his right to follow up on his work with the believers in Corinth. Paul had started the Corinthian church and was trying to help and strengthen them. Now some were saying, “This is not your territory. You’re outside your boundaries here!” Others said, “You’re not good enough, Paul. You’re out of your league. We don’t need you anymore.”

This morning, my thoughts focused on the phrase “the limits God sets.” Other people set limits on young David, saying, “He’s only a shepherd boy!” and on Jesus, “He’s only the carpenter from Nazareth.” Others can set limits on me by making judgments about my capability or potential or by a misaligned job description.

Soon-to-be-King Saul had set limits on himself, saying “I’m only a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe and the most insignificant family.” I can set limits on myself through poor self-image, fear, wrong values and priorities, laziness, or discouragement.

The limits God sets for me are expansive and allow for a lifetime of adventure, learning, exploration, hard work, and accomplishment. The limits God sets for me are appropriate to the passion, the gifts, and the abilities he has given me and the purposes of his Kingdom during my lifetime.

You and I must not accept any limits except those our wise and loving Father God has set for us. Let’s ask the One who created us what limits he has set for us and then operate in enthusiastic and energetic faith within those limits. The only legitimate limits are the limits God sets. Are you ready to pray this prayer with me?

Prayer:

Father, Please help me break out of the limitations I and others have set for me. Help me live and serve and explore and grow in a way that fills the limits you have set for me. May my limits be the limits God sets. Amen.

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