Avoid Worldly Competition

Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and  challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being  jealous of one another. —Galatians  5:26

According to the world’s system, the best place to be is ahead of everyone  else. Popular thinking would say that we should try to get to the top no matter  who we have to hurt on the way up. But the Bible teaches us that there is no  such thing as real peace until we are delivered from the need to compete with  others.

Even in what is supposed to be considered “fun games,” we  often see competition get so out of balance that people end up arguing and  hating one another rather than simply relaxing and having a good time together.  Naturally, human beings don’t play games to lose; everyone is going to do his  best. But when a person cannot enjoy a game unless he is winning, he definitely  has a problem—possibly a deep-rooted one that is causing other problems in many  areas of his life.

We should definitely do our best on the job; there is nothing wrong  with wanting to do well and advance in our chosen professions. But I encourage  you to remember that promotion for the believer comes from God and not from  man. You and I don’t need to play worldly games to get ahead. God will give us  favor with Him and with others if we will do things His way (See Proverbs  3:3,4).

What God does for you or for me may not be what He does for someone  else, but we must remember what Jesus said to Peter, “Don’t be concerned  about what I choose to do with someone else—you follow Me” (see John  21:22).

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