The values of competition

In some circles competition is shunned and avoided at all costs. And there can be some very good reasons for avoiding competition – especially when dealing with people who have a very competitive nature.

However, not everyone has a competitive nature, and sometimes, a bit of competition helps us as humans to spur one another on. It’s why some people go jogging or swimming in groups… the pull of wanting to keep-up with the others drives you on further.

And Paul leverages a bit of human competition in 2Cor 8…

But since you excel in everything… see that you also excel in this grace of giving. I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.”

And he does it about spiritual matters!! I often wonder what being biblically in line with Paul would look like today?

What would Satan do?

Paul says to the Corinthians that we should not be unaware of Satan’s schemes (2Cor2:11) and that we should stand against the schemes of the devil (Eph6:11).
So take the time to think into the enemy’s camp.

      Who – in your ministry – would they most want to attack?
      Who are the most vulnerable in your ministry?
      What would be good targets in this season?
      How would satan be most likely to trap and ensnare your people?
      What weaknesses of yours would satan most likely leverage against you and your ministry?
      What are the best ways to fight these spiritual battles?

This is what makes ministry so hard. Your people are the front line in a war that brings a fate worse than death – hell. No wonder Paul lists out all his “worldly” troubles and then says they’re nothing compared to his daily anxiety for the churches (2Cor12).