When everyone’s playing his or her own God-given role in God’s Kingdom…there’s NO competition!
Competition only arises when someone seeks or feels threatened by someone else’s assignment.
Matthew couldn’t do James’ assignment.
John couldn’t do Paul’s assignment.
Peter wasn’t sent to the Gentiles, Paul was. If Peter started trying to plant churches for the Gentiles, that would have caused competition for Paul’s assignment, and neglect to Peter’s. The Kingdom would have suffered.
Jesus can’t even do the Holy Spirit’s assignment.
The Holy Spirit didn’t save you…the Son did (Matthew 18:11). Jesus doesn’t convict you…the Holy Spirit does (John 16:8). One God, with three different ‘assignments’ or authorities.
You can’t do my assignment, nor can I do yours.
There are people who God has assigned for you to reach…and no one else.
Too many people in ministry, in music ministry, in churches, are competing because we aren’t focused enough, satisfied with or aware of our own assignment.
For example, I think that so much Gospel music within genres sounds the same because artists are pressured to do what sells, rather than what God places in them…in other words, to do what someone else is doing!
Notice what 1 Peter Chapter 4 says…
1 Peter 4:9-10 (NIV)
9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.10 Each of you SHOULD USE WHATEVER GIFT YOU HAVE RECEIVED to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its VARIOUS FORMS.
If you don’t like someone’s preaching style…maybe they weren’t assigned to you.
If you don’t like someone’s singing style…maybe they weren’t assigned to you.
If you don’t like Gospel hip hop…may be it’s not meant to reach you. The music is the medium, but the ministry is in the lyrics.
God knows what rhythms and melodies touches each person emotionally, just as a love song touches someone in love…so everything isn’t for everybody.
If you aren’t getting the response from your ministry that you hoped for…maybe you are trying to reach people who weren’t assigned to you.
Also remember this…
Some assignments will reach more people than others, and that’s okay. The pastor of a small congregation is just as important to his 50 members as the pastor of a large is to his 5000…the pastor of the smaller church shouldn’t question, judge or be jealous of the larger…just be true to his assignment.
and yes Bloggers!
Galatians 6:4-5 (NKJV)
4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.