Kill the Competition

Friday, October 18, 2019

Month Theme: Focus

Topic: Kill the Competition

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 18:1-11

Main Text:
1 Samuel 18:8
And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?

We may want to blame Saul for being jealous, but the crux of the problem was caused by the women. If we fail to give honour to those that deserve it, we breed jealousy. An example is when an evangelist visits a church and the members act like they have never been blessed by their own pastor. They flatter the evangelist and exclaim, “We’ve never heard it like this” and they whisper amongst themselves, “We wish we had this kind of anointing here permanently”. All of their problems in life resurrect any time a guest preacher shows up. Some even begin to carelessly compare their pastor with the guest preacher.

We must remember that we have many instructors (guest preachers), but not many fathers (our pastors) (1 Corinthians 4:15). Our pastors, through the grace of God, brought us into the light of the Gospel of Jesus, and continue to feed us with the Word of God. This “hero worship” by Christians often generates unhealthy competition amongst preachers. The gullible preachers then attempt to outdo or be greater than their peers. This scenario is often repeated within the various departments of a church. The story is no different. When a new organist comes into the church, the members sometimes make statements that suggest that the old organist was not good. The least we can do is appreciate the length of time the former organist served us. In the same way, we must be careful not to compare singers.

I also encourage younger ministers to divert attention from themselves. They should constantly make mention of their mentors and other senior ministers of the Gospel. The ability to divert attention from yourself, diverts satan’s attacks on your life. A man who surrounds himself with witnesses and points of reference is shielded from the danger of pride.

Pray for the wisdom to divert attention from yourself, and avoid unhealthy competition.

Recommended Reading:
“Pressure of the People” by Eastwood Anaba
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