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GUARD AGAINST COMPETITION AND SECTARIANISM

Many years ago, I sat in a Professional Management class, and one of the things the lecturer said stuck with me since. Describing the Nigeria Business Environment, he said, ‘Every man for himself, God for us all, whoever is slow, may the devil take him’. Nothing summarizes competition better than this statement. We doubtlessly live in a competitive world – and it’s characterized by jealousy, anger, manipulation, scheming, bitterness, strive etc.

Unfortunately, this attitude has creeped into the ministry – we have carried a worldly outlook into God’s business. And this unholy attitude is getting in the way of God – the kingdom is suffering because we have become snitches on the business of God.

Dear MOG, the church down the lane is not your competition. The prophet is not a threat; the pastor is not sent to destroy your ministry. You are both not running a business; you are expanding the kingdom. You don’t likely have the same emphasis, message, grace and expression. Rejoice (I know this is easier said than done) the kingdom is growing – learn to give the right hand of fellowship.

The main enemy of the church is not the devil, it’s other believers. We have subtly entered the devil’s team, pulling down egocentrically all that is not like us or on our team. You should stop the criticism – you are not the same doesn’t mean the other minister is fake (of course, there are wolves in sheep clothing, but this is not the emphasis today).

Jesus rebuked the disciples in Mark 9:38-41 for antagonizing kingdom work because the person was on a different team, “Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side. For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” (NKJV).

What should you do MOG? Pray for the increase and progress of the church down the lane.

Consciously, and intentionally work against pride, offense and ego.

If you can, visit the pastor. Attend their programs and conventions.

Choose never to talk against the ministry or his work.

Praise and approve their work publicly.

Engage with their post publicly – like, comment, share and subscribe to his channel.

Celebrate their victories, even if they are winning more than you, what you celebrate will soon happen for you.

Is it easy? No! But we must do it. Why? Jesus commands it; also kingdom expansion is the goal. Whether it expands through you or others, you must stay rejoicing.

In this 36th letter, I hope you know we are in this together. I trust through you and I, hate loses, and love reigns. Cheers!

Your Greatness is Assured,

Fisayo Adeniyi

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