“We, however, will not boast beyond measure but according to the measure of the area of ministry that God has assigned to us, which reaches even to you.” 2 Corinthians 10:13 (HCSB)
The Greek word for measure is “metron” which means sphere or limited portion. Each of us have a unique “metron” that has been given to us (Romans 12:3, Ephesians 4:7). When we operate within this sphere we have success and are protected. When we step beyond our portion, we not only become less productive, but we put ourselves in danger.
For several months now, intercessors have been hearing “stay in your lane!” This was both personally and for the body of Christ. Each of us has been given a measure (metron) of grace, a unique calling with our own assignments. Likewise, each church is meant to be a unique expression in the body of Christ. When we (whether individually or as a church) step out of our lane by going beyond the grace allotted to us, it has consequences.
First, when we step beyond the measure God gave us, we are not as good at what we are supposed to do! When we step out of our assignment or calling, we are not being obedient to what God has given us. Instead of using all five talents because we are investing them elsewhere, we only use two of them for our assignment. Not a good idea! God, in His infinite wisdom, has allotted you exactly what He wants you to have and what you need! By the way, many people are weary today because they have stepped out of their metron!
Second, we also interfere with others who actually are called to that assignment. It is like a swimming race, when we drift out of our lane we not only go slower but we bump into other swimmers and impede their progress. If we step into something that was meant for someone else just because we saw a need, or we were moved by compassion to help, we actually rob the person who was supposed to do it. I am not saying we must wait to hear God’s command on everything, but if it is outside of our assignment or grace allotment, I would say you definitely need to know if you are supposed to do it.
Third, in the realm of spiritual warfare, we can actually put ourselves in great danger by going after an enemy whom we do not have jurisdiction over. God’s grace for warfare matches His grace to fulfill our calling. For example, if we start attacking the principalities over our nation, when our sphere of grace is our city, we have overreached our authority. Yes, all authority has been given to Jesus, and He has given it to us. But we don’t have all authority, only Jesus has that. We do have all the authority we need to fulfill what God has given us. Even Michael, one of the mightiest angels, knew his “metron” when in the midst of a struggle with the devil he simply said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 9)
All this to say, it is vital in this hour to know your assignment, and then stick to it with all your heart. Fight the battle that is before you, and when you are faithful with the little, God will give you more. Don’t compare yourself to others, because after all, they have a different calling and anointing mix! Be you, and be you wholeheartedly! We will be effective and protected as long as we stay within our metron, that sphere of grace allotted to each of us!
Ask God to show you what you are called, anointed and appointed to, and to reveal any and every place you are operating in, that has not been given to you by Jesus. Ask God to give your pastor and church the grace needed to be the unique expression He has created them to be. Ask God for the body of Christ in our city to rise up and in unified cooperation begin embracing each of our uniqueness’ and stop trying to do what others are doing. Ask God for the churches in Athens to stay in their lanes and fight the good fights that we’ve each been assigned to!