KEY SCRIPTURE: John 1:37 KJV “And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus”.
When John declared that Jesus was the lamb of God, his two disciples left him to follow Jesus. John did not complain about it. John came to prepare the hearts of men to receive and follow Jesus. He had a following since He became their inspirer. His ministry got to its end at the commencement of Jesus ministry. It is the nature of certain individuals to keep holding on to what they know they must give away. John was focused on what God had asked him to do.
The cause of competition mainly come from the ego of people.
Well, there is always a healthy competition that improves on performance and gives those at the receiving end something good to have.
As Christians we have one goal, and that is to glorify Jesus. Ephesians 4:3-7 says it all. We have one spirit, one Lord and one father. We seek to win the lost for the master. There should not be any bad blood generating among pastors because one has a large church and the other has only a small one. Any pastor who feels bad because he has a small congregation compared to another ministry which has a larger number is a baby and an immature Christian. He has allowed his wrong desires to control him. There are even some who would go about saying all kinds of bad remarks about their fellow pastors. Dear man of God, we have one enemy, the devil. We can effectively deal with him, if we are united. Rejoice over the success of your brother and do your best to fulfill God’s mandate on your life.
Please what is success in ministry? Success in ministry is primarily doing what God asked you to do ,to the best of your ability.
The Bible said, the disciples went and preached and God added to the church daily such as should be saved. We do the work of going out to preach or speak to people, God adds to the church. (Acts 2:46, 47). Our part is to work, God’s part is to bring the increase.
There are many who have not given their best and so their results are not satisfying. If that is your state, you have the opportunity to give in your best. What you must avoid is to seek for your personal glory. One day we will all stand before the judgement seat of our master. We would be rewarded for whatever we did in this body. Your motives will be laid bare. May your motive be as the following :Act 24:16 KJV” And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”
THOUGHT: GOD IS THE ULTIMATE JUDGE, AND WE MUST ALWAYS SEEK TO PLEASE HIM.
Phi 2:3 KJV” Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves”.
Ephesians 4:2 KJV “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;”