I find it interesting when believers from different churches get together
Seems to be an awful lot of
One-upping going on
I had a conversation that went something like this:
Got a new neighbor. Invited them to church. They came.
Now I hear they are going to your church.
Said with a sad look on the face.
Why would this make you sad?
Why wouldn’t you be happy that the neighbor found a church body they could join with and serve?
When did this become a competition?
Well, it looks like it became a competition back in John 3:25
John’s disciples were sounding a bit upset that Jesus was baptizing new converts and they weren’t the only tank in town!
“Rabbi, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you identified as the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going to him instead of coming to us.” NLT
I can just hear their whiny voices….
“Not fair! Here we are busting our rears trying to have the cleanest and warmest baptizing tank, and we have the fluffiest towels and we promise to have you in and out in under 30 seconds and we serve coffee and donuts; and not just ANY coffee, we serve only the best and we have real cream and not that chemical junk and our donuts were handmade just this morning by the kitchen staff and along comes someone else, horning in on our business!”
John answered his men with this:
“No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven. You yourselves know how plainly I told, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for Him.’ It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at His success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
So, if our local churches are preparing the way, does it really matter who gets the next convert? Or the next neighbor?
We ALL should be about the Father’s business and we should ALL be working together to expand HIS KINGDOM; not ours.