They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” (John 3:26).
Bible Reading: John 3: 22-36
Competition is OK in the correct circumstances, viz. when it motivates one to do one’s best. However, when this thinking infiltrates the Church, it can lead to all sorts of unhealthy vying for positions and titles.
We find some of John the Baptist’s followers moaning to him that Jesus and His followers were also baptising. They were missing the point. After all, they were all on the same team. Also, there “was plenty of water” for everybody. John and Jesus were not competing with each other; each was doing his assigned task: John, preparing the way; Jesus, being the Way.
In the Lord’s work, even though there is diversity of ministry, there is unity of purpose. Each have different skills and abilities; vocations and spheres of influence. However we are united under the Lordship of Jesus. Our goal is to see His plans and purposes carried out. Personal agendas are set aside; the agenda of Heaven becomes our priority. If the same Lord is being worked for, then we are all working toward the same goal, His Glory; His Kingdom.
Lord, in the Body of Christ, help me find my place;
enable me to do my best as I endeavour to run this race.
May I not be tempted your gifts given me, with others to compare;
Instead with gratitude, may I entrust them to your empowering, loving care.