Day 278: Light Your Candle (Isaiah 31-33; Philippians 1)

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I thought that going into ministry meant there wasn’t going to be competition. But I was wrong. Admittedly, I imagine most of the competition is in my head and in my own insecurities, but the pressure is still there. Like when another Christian website for young women continues to release new products or has more Instagram followers. Or when another blogger in your “niche” gets a book offer or even has a prettier website.

“Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: the former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.” -Philippians 1:15-17

Apostle Paul seems to have gotten some flack too back in his day. Apparently, other preachers were invading his turf and his followers were becoming concerned that he wasn’t defending his ministry. In reply, Paul writes: “What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.”

That’s what matters: that Christ’s name is preached to all the ends of the Earth. On small blogs with five subscribers and through media conglomerates with millions of readers. Through people who do it for fame or wealth just as much as through those who do it for free because they can’t keep the words locked in their heart any longer. Through a congregation with 50 members and through mega-churches with thousands of members. Either way, we must rejoice – not compete.

God knows what He is doing with each person and ministry. Because He is powerful enough to change motives and to bring people back when we stray to pursue our own ambitions instead of glorifying His name. Above all, He knows just how to reach each individual soul – and for that He needs all hands on deck. So, shine bright. There is more than enough light to go around for everyone. After all, a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

 

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