Sister, your willingness or unwillingness to help other believers succeed says a lot about your faith in God or lack thereof. Be honest with yourself… do you cringe when your sister in Christ gets the promotion you wanted, engaged, pregnant, launches a new product, etc.? Or are you truly and genuinely happy for them without any ounce of resentment or jealousy?
The world teaches us to guard our “success” and not to share it with anyone… hide our failures and pretend we’re perfect. Don’t tell the secret ingredient, don’t share that information, don’t let them know how you did it or else they’ll take it, run with it, and be BETTER than you! For a lot of us, that’s our biggest fear. We try to passively tear down our sisters in Christ because we don’t know our value and worth in Him. We do everything we can to feel better about ourselves–better than them. So we try to keep up with everything they’re doing and we try to do MORE on top of that so we get burnt-out and forfeit our own purpose.
All the while, we could’ve been walking in our purpose and calling while simultaneously encouraging, supporting, and helping our sisters walk in theirs. You can’t bring a worldly mindset into the Body of Christ. We are the body. We are one. We all have a purpose and a specific role to play and no part of the body is better or more important than the other. We are all on the same team and we all have something unique to bring to the table. When you think of any sports team, take basketball for example, when someone shoots that last 3-pointer to win the championship, minutes before the clock, we all win, we all celebrate, we are all champions! When we look at our teammates with jealousy or envy, we’re missing the bigger picture and this is the enemy’s tactic. He doesn’t want you to celebrate his impending failure. The bible tells us what’s going to happen to the Satan in the last days and the devil knows his life sentence. He will be thrown into the lake of fire and doomed for all eternity. We will be the last ones standing, true Champions in Christ. As we go on through life and press towards the mark, every point that our team scores should encourage us.
The world is big enough, better yet, God is big enough! The enemy will have you think that the more someone else excels in the world, the less room there is for you to. I guarantee that there are people in this world that only YOU can reach and vice versa. This why you we were purposed with a unique assignment and the bible says in Proverbs 18:16, “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.” The world may seem small and opportunities scarce when you’re copying someone else and in their lane. In your lane, there is much more room. When you begin to operate in your specific gifts and talents, the world will get so much bigger real quick! The opportunities are endless.
I know we like to recite the cliche, “What God has for you, is for you” but do we truly understand what that means? If you feel like someone is “in your lane” or copying you, you don’t have to give them the side eye, try to compete with them, or tear them down. When you are truly confident in your calling and in what God has for you, you will trust Him to fight your battles and defend you. He will deal with that person who tries to take advantage of you. Get rid of the worldly mentality that says, “every man for himself” and replace that with, “God is for me.” I don’t have time to defend myself because I’m too busy serving God and His Kingdom and that includes the people in it.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
It’s a waste of time and purpose to try and compete with your brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s a waste of time to also judge whether or not you think they’re copying you or trying to compete with you. Let’s be honest, it would be very silly for me to think that I’m the only person in the world that God called to write a book, start a Youtube channel, start a blog, etc. Each one of us have a unique and individual purpose but our calling may be very similar because it is through our callings that we carry out our purpose. God uses our callings as tools to do His will. It is silly to think that you are the only one allowed to use the tools that God provides. Now, that’s not confidence in God’s purpose for your life, that’s just pride. That is why I’m ok with dedicating my life to sharing these tools with other believers. That’s why I’m ok with teaching them skills like graphic design, web-design, self-publishing, starting a blog, or whatever else it may be. I understand that they need these tools to go forth and operate in purpose. In order to do that, they must do what God has called them to do. I know my purpose is to equip believers with the tools and skills they need to walk in theirs. With a purpose like that, you don’t have time to be jealous.. and with a purpose like yours, you don’t either.
Your purpose will NEVER, NEVER just be about you. Your purpose will always be a way to build, edify, or help someone else. Remember, it is bigger than you!!! So why does the enemy try so hard to get us distracted, divided, and envious of one another? Because he thinks that if he could stop us from operating in our God-given purpose and in unity, he could stop God’s perfect will from coming to pass! Let’s not give him an open door. Please, find a sister to support today! You’re not loosing, you’re only adding points to our team!
Other Supporting Scriptures:
- 1 Corinthians 12: 1-27
- My YouTube Channels:
- Deliverance Conference 2016