“A wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (v9). Paul both taught and modeled what our priorities should be, as believers. His letters show us not just what we should know, but how we should live. Generosity was the norm: he instructed the Corinthians and other churches to have offerings ready to help the poor in Jerusalem (v1). He made plans but held them lightly, obeying the Spirit and remaining where there was “a wide door” open for ministry.
“If the Lord permits” (v7). Jesus is Lord of all, not just our religious activities. Following Him means being sensitive to the Spirit’s leading in everything we do.