A Greater Heart
Drby 2 Cor 6:11 Our mouth is open to you Corinthians. Our heart is expanded. 12 You are not straightened in us but you are straightened in your affections. 13 but for an answering recompense I speak as to children. Let your heart also expand itself.
MSG 2 Cor 6:11 Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. 12 We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!
Mark 16:14 Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. (THIS IS BIG). – GO WHERE?
Ex. WWII OUR TROOPS TOOK THE ISLAND OF IWO JIMA… IT WAS OF STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE.
WE HAVE COME TO THE KINGDOM FOR JUST THIS TIME!
NIV 2 Cor 10:15 Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand,
NET “As your faith continues to grow our work may be greatly be expanded among you according to our limits.
WUEST resulting in a super abundance of fruit in service
WEB “as your faith grows we will be abundantly enlarged by you in our sphere of influence
ESV as your faith increases our area of influence among you will be greatly enlarged
AS HE IS ABLE TO OPEN US ON THE INSIDE OUR SCOPE OF INFLUENCE IS GOING TO ENLARGE.
IT IS GOD’S WILL THAT EVERY ONE OF US INCREASE IN OUR SCOPE OF INFLUENCE
NKJ Psalm 119:32 I will run the course of Your commandments,
For You shall enlarge my heart.
NIV I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.
HOW CAN WE TELL WHEN THIS IS GOING IN ON THE INSIDE OF US?
Luke 24:13 And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.
17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad.
18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him.
29 But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over.” So He went in to stay with them. 30 When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight.
WHEN YOUR HEART IS OPENED YOUR EYES ARE OPENED.
32 They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”
Isaiah 60:5 Then you will see and be radiant, And your heart will thrill and rejoice; Because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you, The wealthof the nations will come to you.
ASV Then thou shalt see and be radiant, and thy heart shall thrill and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned unto thee, the wealth of the nations shall come unto thee.