The body of Christ is a beautiful and diverse place. There are so many wonderful and unique gifts…and each one of us has been gifted to serve in unique and special ways. But sometimes within the diversity there can be a competitive spirit.
I don’t see this right now in our ministry, but I think it’s worth teaching about as a preventative measure, because a competitive, ego driven nature is part of every one of us, whether we like to admit it or not. We get attached to our roles, and we find meaning and value in them. As more and more people get added to our team, competition and insecurity can begin to creep in.
When someone comes along who serves equally well, or even better than us, it can cause insecurity, resentment and competition in us.
Instead of celebrating that gift given by God to bless the body, we feel threatened, or insecure, or territorial.
This is silly. We should want the church body to be the most blessed that they can possibly be…whether we are the ones rendering the act of service, or someone else.
I recently read this passage in Numbers and it jumped out to me. Moses gathered 70 elders to the tent of meeting so that the Spirit of God could anoint them to help him lead the Israelites:
However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”
But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”
Moses wanted EVERY single person in Israel to have the full measure of God’s prophetic gifting. He wanted EVERYONE to be operating at the highest potential. He was not concerned about His position, because he knew that the more people were filled and equipped by God to serve the community, the stronger the community would be.
Moses was not territorial about his position. His security and identity was in God. We should all be that way. We should serve in our position with open hands, and be willing to serve wherever God opens a door for us. We should elevate and celebrate others.
If we have that mindset we will ALWAYS find places to serve. I recently read a quote that said, if you want to be lifted up, lift someone else up.
As we make room for more and more people, as we elevate and celebrate, the body of Christ will be most blessed, and the outward expansion of the Kingdom will go out further.
As our team continues to grow and more and more people are added, we should celebrate, not compete with one another. If someone can do something better than you, praise God! We should not hold tightly to our positions, but seek to see the body blessed to the highest degree possible.
We should be secure enough in our identity in Christ, that we aren’t insecure about our position in the church.
Let’s be a team the celebrates, not a team that competes.