Competition exhilarates me. How about you?
What about competition between Christian ministries or Christian ministry leaders? Is this healthy? In one sense, the root of the word comes from Latin competere (to seek, or to strive, together). Further inquiry reveals competition’s first cousin, “competence,” still enjoys respect in all circles.
An examination of Scripture on the topic is less conclusive. The Apostle Paul reminds us from prison about the danger of pride in the pursuit of a reward, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit…” (Philippians 2:3a ESV). He also seems to have the big picture of our lives in view when he coaches us to run and fight for the prize (1 Cor 9:24-27).
What gives? In Christian ministry, should we apply competition which sometimes leads to unhealthy comparison in our race to please Him?
What if we looked through an alternative camera lens to see leaders striving…but not against each other? Rather, we see the finish line revealing all le ...Read more »