2 Corinthians 10:15-18
2Co 10:15 We do not brag excessively about the hard work of others. But we do expect that as your faith increases, our degree of influence among you may be intensified,
2Co 10:16 so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without bragging of work already done in another’s area of influence.
2Co 10:17 “Let the one who brags, brag about the Lord.”
2Co 10:18 Because it is not the one who promotes himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord promotes.
Paul’s goal was to keep reaching more people — in more places — for Christ. He saw the opposition he was facing by these leaders in Corinth as a threat. The problem was more than personal. It threatened the work of global evangelism. These people who were bad mouthing Paul were hindering world missions. He wanted the Corinthians to respect his team and their work because they had a job to complete. They wanted to preach the gospel in the lands beyond Corinth. That required the support and prayers of the Corinthians. This was not the time to lose their influence, but to intensify it.
LORD, strengthen the ties between our churches and our missionaries, so that we can reach the lands beyond with the gospel.