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Competition is not for the Body of Christ

In many churches today, competition is a destructive force which has plagued fellowships. Competing to match or outdo others in regards to education, job/salaries, marriage, children, and even church activities. People use these as parameters to see and compare who is more blessed and more favored in God's eye). There is competition for even leadership positions which has resulted in church splits. It shows that such Christians are clueless regarding their own faith. Even the human body knows better to function as a unit (the brain is not competing with the heart, the heart is not competing with the liver, the hands are not competing with the legs)- all have different functions and work separately to give the body different functions and capabilities. Unless there is some abnormal autoimmune disorder (where autoantibodies act against autoantigens in the body- i.e. autoantibodies start attacking our own tissues/organs), the body normally functions in unity to maintain homeostasis. That should serve as an example to us in how we too should be able function as ONE as the Body of Christ, instead of trying to compete with another and destroy each other. Selfish ambition and vain conceit act as destroyers of the Body of Christ (kind of like autoantibodies).

Philippians 2:1-5 (NLT):
"Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had."

Romans 12:4-5 (NLT):
"Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other."

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (NLT):
"The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it."


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