KEY SCRIPTURE: John 3:26 KJV “And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.”
Competition, is not always evil. It depends on the context in which it is observed and the way it is executed. Competition among people of God is rather problematic. In our context we do not strive with others, but to fulfill the high calling that God has given to us.
Those who compare themselves with one another are not wise 2 Corinth 10:12. These kinds of things generate strive, and all kinds of foolish behaviours.
Please note, there are two kinds of Christians the matured ones, and immature, or the babies and the spiritual Christians. It is the baby or immature ones who worry about the success, advantage or opportunity of others.
In our key scripture, it was the disciples of John, who came to him, and commented that, the man he talked about was baptising many. Dear brother or sister, be very careful about the comments of the one who seems to express concern for you. They may instigate you to act wrongly. How was John able to overcome the wrong instigation of his disciples. He kept to the principle of God first. ” John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” John 3:27. John was implying that; I am nothing by myself. Whatever I am is from God and so we do not do any thing for ourselves but to God’s glory. He clarified to them that he was not the Christ and came to honour, prepare the way for Him. He added that, it is rather my joy to see Him fulfill His mission. John added the following humbling statement
John 3:30 KJV “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
John expressed that his desire is that, Christ must increase whiles he decreases. This should mark our underlying attitude and principle towards God and His work. Whenever the work of God is increasing through any servant of God, let your joy be expressed unto the Lord. That increase is not unto whoever is in charge of it, but unto Christ. Say with John, “Christ must increase and I decrease”. Stop considering the physical privileges and advantages that may be coming to that man. Rather consider our Lord Jesus who is exalted.
Competition among children of God comes from carnality and spiritual immaturity.
Let us focus on the more eternal things, than the earthly benefits which will all find their way into the earth.
THOUGHT: THOSE WHO ARE DRIVEN. BY CARNAL ADVANTAGES ARE NOT WISE TRUE LOVE FOR GOD, WILL KILL EVERY CARNAL COMPETITION.
2 Corinthians 10:12 KJV” For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
Luke 17:10 KJV “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.”
(Do not rate yourself too high)