<<rivalry, contest>>

A contest provides an incentive to work, train and play well to gain the supremacy over a rival. It is wholesome when it stretches one’s ability and initiative, bringing out the best,

Christ has no rivals – Philippians 2:9

stimulating potential and providing a challenge to be victorious through competence and skill. However, competition is unhealthy when a person displays exhibitionism and must win at any cost, as this is detrimental to other areas of life and creates ill will, bitterness, inferiority or pride, depending on the outcome. We should celebrate personal achievements and even the successes of our competitors, whilst avoiding the negative outcomes (Rom 12:15).

Paul said, “In a race all the runners run, but only one gets first prize. Run your race to win” (1 Cor 9:24). Give your all for the Kingdom of Heaven, throwing off all that would

       Be the best you can for Jesus

hinder progress so you will receive the everlasting reward God has for you (Phil 3:14; Heb 12:1). Jesus gave His all for us; we should endeavour to excel or standout in our devotion and efforts for His Kingdom (1 Cor 14:12; 2 Cor 8:7). Be continually competing against yourself to lift your game, for we are primarily answerable for ourselves and while our salvation is not governed by our efforts we will be rewarded for our service and input into His Kingdom (Rom 14:10-12; 1 Cor 3:8, 15:58; Eph 2:8,9, 6:8; Heb 4:13).

The greatest treasure is the souls of humanity with both God and Satan competing for the allegiance of individuals. There is much to gain or lose; those who accept the salvation Jesus died to provide, and walk in righteousness, will spend eternity in heaven, while those who do not respond to the gospel, continuing in Satan’s sinful lifestyle, are doomed to the lake of fire forever to suffer the penalty for their sin.  

See also: compare/comparison, envy, jealousy, motive/motivation, pride, rivalry, success.


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