1 Samuel 18:5-15
man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose,
each will be rewarded...according his own labour" (1 Cor 3:8)
of rejoicing that God had given him a mighty warrior like David, King Saul
became envious of him. This is what's happening again and again in the
Church of Jesus Christ. When God raises men and ministries with special
and spectacular gifts, the senior ministers and other Churches and
organisations must have the grace to appreciate them and accept them as a
supplement to them and their ministries. We are all serving the same Lord
and all the gains of our labour go to the same Kingdom. This will keep us
from unhealthy competition.
attending Edinburgh '80, an international conference on missions, a
Western mission leader asked me how many fulltimers we had on our staff in
the Blessing Youth Mission which I was leading. At that time we had just
thirty and I gave that number. The leader of another mission in India was
standing besides me. Without anyone asking him, he said, "We have
fifty!" This sort of rat race should stop among Christian ministries.
The Cross of Christ must work deeply in us so we may die to the boasting
of statistics. We are admonished both in the Old Testament and the New,
"Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom; let not the mighty man
glory in his might; nor let the rich man glory in his riches; ...He who
glories, let him glory in the Lord only" (Jer 9:23,24; 1 Cor 1:31).
"Wisdom" here might refer to our brilliant methods in ministry;
"might" refers to our hard work and fantastic accomplishments;
and "riches" may speak of our financial strength.
at the example of Jesus in John 4:1-3, "When the Lord came to know
that the Pharisees had heard that He had made and baptized more disciples
than John... He left Judea and departed again to Galilee!" What a
lesson to avoid overlapping and duplication leading to wastefulness of the
Kingdom resources! Apostle Paul operated on the same principle. He
testified, "We will not boast beyond measure...we are not extending
ourselves beyond our sphere" (2 Cor 10:13-16).
competition is welcome as seen in games and sports. This way we can learn
from one another. We must learn to rejoice in the victories of others (Rom
12:15). Any competition because of envy must be totally avoided. It is
are playing a havoc on the nation;
we are hunting the rats!
Emil Jebasingh, Director of Transworld Radio, India)