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Should Christians avoid competition?

Genesis 4:4-5, 8The Lord accepted Abel’s offering, but he did not accept Cain’s. This made Cain very angry and dejected . . . Cain attacked and killed his brother.

2 Samuel 15:4, 6 I wish I were the judge. Then people could bring their problems to me, and I would give them justice!

Misplaced pride and competitiveness can lead to sin and destroy families. Cain killed his brother over competition about sacrifices to God. David’s son Absalom mounted a rebellion to try to take the throne from his father. He ended up dead—much to David’s sorrow. It is best to avoid competition that takes you focus away from God and his plan for your life.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27You also must run in such a way that you will win . . .

Properly focused competitive drives can produce great results. Competition can be positive if you use it to drive you to be a stronger believer and better servant of Christ. But let that competition not be against others, which can lead to pride. Instead, compete against yourself and the standards to which God is calling you.

1 Corinthians 15:10-11I have worked harder than all the other apostles . . .

Paul had a definite competitive streak, but he sought always to glorify his Lord rather than to assert his own superiority. Work hard. Serve well, Honor God in all things.