Stop Competing

The best in the world gather together to compete. It’s all about the gold. Which country can get the most gold medals? It comes down to seconds, in some cases. It’s all about perfection. The athletes have been training their entire lives for this moment. They are the best of the best.

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I used to think of life as a competition, as if I had to be the best at whatever I was doing. I thought I had to be the best employee, the best boss, the best Christian, the best _______________. Luckily, God never asked me to be perfect. He asked me to come as I am and He asks you to come as you.

He doesn’t demand or expect perfection. He asks you to compete with no one. He asks you to trust Him and depend on Him because He will take care of you. He requires no training, no strenuous hours studying and preparing. He simply asks you to believe and accept Jesus Christ as your savior.

How am I so confident of this? I just look to His disciples. He didn’t pick the religious superstars aka the Pharisees. He chose fishermen and tax collectors. He chose the people that others would overlook. Peter, the fisherman, with no formal training expect for being with Jesus, became the rock of the church and he certainly was not the best person. He stumbled and failed and tried to compete with the other disciples. He was just like us, but he submitted to God’s plan and He became the rock of the church. The fact that Peter was uneducated actually turned out to be an advantage. It allowed people to see where the wisdom really came from: God.

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. “ – Acts 4:13

He stopped focusing on the competition and in doing so he became one of the best of the church.  Be bold and stop competing with others.  Boldly compete with yourself to share the Gospel and serve. As long as you’re willing and obedient, God will use you. He can use you at home, at work, at church, in the community, etc. Are you willing to be used? Put the excuses down. If you’re willing, God’s able so go ahead and step out in faith!

Tell us where are you being used or where do you want to be used. Speak boldly! We love hearing from you!

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