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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

No Competition in the Kingdom

There were many tragedies of incompetence on all sides in the Crimean War. However, the greatest tragedy was having two cavalry generals, who hated each other, in the same division. They were competitive for glory. The result was the charges of the Light and Heavy Brigades at Balaclava. Neither of the generals had ever been in a war, nor had they studied war. They were parade ground generals.

In the Second World War, competitiveness showed up in Montgomery and Patton, both of whom wanted the same fuel for their own tanks.

In the Korean War, I Corps and Eighth Army raced to see who would reach the Yalu River first. This ended in tragedy.

In the units that are fighting in the spiritual war today, there are similar tragedies caused by parade ground generals who are competitive for money and for glory. The casualties are many in the body of Christ.

We see this competition in Philippians 1:17:

“The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.” (NIV)

Also, in Acts 20:30:

“Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.” (NIV)

We want followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, not followers of men.

(Taken from Weapons & Tactics in Evangelism, part 8)

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