Biblical view of competition

We need to understand the biblical view of competition. We need a biblical view of competition. There are two passages that give us God's view of competition:

O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance (Ps 16:5-6).

We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us - a sphere which especially includes you. For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ; not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men's labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's sphere of accomplishment (2 Cor 10:13-16).

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The word "competition" is not found in the Bible. The reason is that God never encourages us to look at the activity of others. Rather, we are called to keep our focus vertical with God. We are called to do our work with excellence. We are called to manifest His glory in our work. We can learn from our competition.

We can observe our competition. But we are not to scheme in ways to put down our competition. In fact, the Bible tells us to love our enemies. That means we are even to bless our competition. This becomes a faith decision that reveals where our trust really lies-in our abilities and our resources, or God's faithfulness as we work unto Him.

We often bless other ministries above our own without fear that we will lose a donor, or lose a relationship or not fulfill our needs by blessing others. We know that God has pre-determined our portion. He has set our inheritance based upon our obedience to fulfilling our call. This takes the pressure off and keeps us from focusing our attention on the competition versus our assignment.

Written by Os Hillman

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