Scripture: John 3:25 Now a discussion about purification arose between John’s disciples and a Jew. 26 They came to John (John the Baptist) and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” 27 John answered, “No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. 28 You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Observation: When Jesus’ ministry started getting traction, and people began following Jesus instead of John, some of John’s disciples perceived Jesus as a rival. John didn’t see it that way.
Application: Just as Jesus and John were on the same team, so is the church on earth. We all serve the same Lord Jesus Christ. However, a competitive spirit can rears its ugly head among Christians. It can seem that we’re competing for followers. We are not. Someone else’s gain is not my loss. And vice versa.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, when churches compete with one another, partnership is almost impossible. It turns brothers and sisters into winners and losers, which diminishes both. Give us grace to work together for the sake of your Kingdom. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.