In the world of sports, it’s very acceptable that you will need to compete to win the winning prize. You will do whatever it takes to beat all opponents and even when you win the crown, it is the same.
For so long, the world has taken to the idea that competition is healthy. You may have heard in some circles that competition brings out the best in everyone. Now, within the body of Christ, this is not what we are supposed to do. We are supposed to build one another and love one another.
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others
Galatians 5:19-20 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions.
So we can see from the above scriptures that if we do things from a place of rivalry or conceit, we are doing it from the wrong mindset. When we do things from a place of rivalry it can cause us to become envious of other people.
Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
James 3:14-15 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.
Ecclesiastes 4:4-6 “Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbours. But this, too, is meaningless–like chasing the wind. “Fools fold their idle hands, leading them to ruin.” And yet, “Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.”
When you compete with people, from that it can birth hatred, jealousy, rivalry and envy. It will even cause you to detest them. I’ve been in situations where I’ve had to really pull myself back and really ask whether or not it was something I was called to do or was it out of envy. What I took is that it’s very possible to be envious of someone when there is no love or unity.
There have been times when people in close quarters have released something or started something and I’ve decided to start something similar but then God stops me and asks me whether or not it’s part of my calling or part of my destiny.
Competition within the body of christ is very rife these days. It’s a very unhealthy to want to compete with each other. Now, it’s not wrong to have ambitions but when you trample on others and bring people down just to get there, it will not please God.
Psalms 139:23 – Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
Jeremiah 17:10 – “But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
This competitive mindset is linked to people’s hearts. Whatever is in a person’s heart will show by their actions. Before a person does anything, God will search the heart. Whenever you see yourself becoming envious or jealous, check your heart and your motive.
When the focus shifts from God to personal gain, it can open your heart to all sorts of things such as Strife, Hatred, Envy, Jealousy, Conceit. Let your focus be on God at all times, be in your own lane and focus on reaching God.
The kingdom is not a dog eat dog world out there. There is room for everyone. Unity must be the goal, not division. Love must be the goal, not hatred. Let’s build one another, support one another and love one another.
Competition is not healthy, it causes division, it causes hatred, it causes jealousy.
Commit yourself to building God’s kingdom. Love one another, build one another.