Psalm 104:9, Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.”
The wrong idea that the Christian life, and the work of God, is to be all done without any real lines and ridged logistics, is totally foreign to the Bible.
In fact, God set boundaries for even the seas. (Psalm 33:7). The word boundaries is defined simply as, “something that marks or fixes a limit or extent.”
My mentor, Dr. Tom Malone, said in my hearing once, “I’d rather build a fence on the edge of the cliff, instead of building a hospital at the bottom of the cliff!” It’s only the rebel, and those whose understanding of the Bible is really shallow, that would reject the importance of BOUNDARIES.
There are 3 boundaries that will always be a blessing to the preacher who understands their benefits:
Titus 1:9, “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”
A deliberate boundary a preacher must have is on his beliefs. Here is why TRUE FUNDAMENTALISTS never recommend books written by Calvinists, charismatics, or compromisers. I’m not going to sit in my study and read someone privately whom I would never sit in a church pew and listen to publicly. Orthodox pulpits never have liberal bookshelves. Know what you believe, and then don’t ever betray what you believe!
1 Corinthians 15:33, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”
A deliberate boundary a preacher must have is on his buddies. It’s important to be friendly towards everyone (100% paramount!), but not just anyone can be a close confidant to a man of God. Friends should help you walk with God, never hinder your walk with God. Don’t miss this:
YOUR BUDDIES ARE A BILLBOARD OF WHAT YOU REALLY BELIEVE!
Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
A deliberate boundary a preacher must have is on his behaviors. Both being a believer and a Bible preacher is a 24/7 MINDSET and MANNER OF LIVING. Live so that you could sell your pet parrot to the town gossip, and what they learn would only cause them to respect you more! Backsliding is not a problem to those preachers who have set high and a thick wall around all that which would destroy their lives, family, and ministry!
So, when you really think about it, my brother, THERE’S BLESSINGS TO BOUNDARIES!