Right Mindset to Challenges and Competition in Ministry.

A lot of ministers operate as though they sent themselves on errand. They get jittery with the successes of others and they compete, fight and tear down others. That’s wrong! If you’re truly a minister, you must understand that you’re sent by someone and He has the interest of the ministry at heart more than you can ever do. He’s committed to it’s success and safety. An attack on the church is an attack on Christ (Acts 9:1-5). So why behave like the worshipers of Baal who must fight for him?

I’ve learnt both by instructions and experience that if I can only preserve the anointing, the anointing would preserve me. I’ve also learnt that all things have a way of working together for good for us if those of us that are called according to God’s purpose truly love God. Anyway, many people love the ministry and not God. Worse still, there are those whose gods are their bellies (Phil 3:18-19) so their paranoia is understood. But if you’d truly love God, you’d be just fine

So, I’m just going to quote here what I consider the best attitude towards ministry even when we feel opposed and attacked by others. If we really believe in the scripture, this should be our mindset. Paul stated it clearly below:

“I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered. All the soldiers here, and everyone else, too, found out that I’m in jail because of this Messiah. That piqued their curiosity, and now they’ve learned all about him. Not only that, but most of the followers of Jesus here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, speaking out fearlessly about God, about the Messiah.

“It’s true that some here preach Christ because with me out of the way, they think they’ll step right into the spotlight. But the others do it with the best heart in the world. One group is motivated by pure love, knowing that I am here defending the Message, wanting to help. The others, now that I’m out of the picture, are merely greedy, hoping to get something out of it for themselves. Their motives are bad. They see me as their competition, and so the worse it goes for me, the better—they think—for them.

“So how am I to respond? I’ve decided that I really don’t care about their motives, whether mixed, bad, or indifferent. Every time one of them opens his mouth, Christ is proclaimed, so I just cheer them on! And I’m going to keep that celebration going because I know how it’s going to turn out. Through your faithful prayers and the generous response of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, everything he wants to do in and through me will be done.

“I can hardly wait to continue on my course. I don’t expect to be embarrassed in the least. On the contrary, everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known, regardless of whether I live or die. They didn’t shut me up; they gave me a pulpit! Alive, I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can’t lose”.

Philippians 1:12‭-‬21 MSG

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