COMPETITION IS NONE
Who is working?
John and recognizes that it is Jesus who is at work
Who is Speaking to You?
The devil will use well-meaning misguided ignorant people will create tension between believers with words that spew seeds of jealousy.
People often get a sense of value from leaders that they are connected with so they can become subconsciously sensitive about their leaders losing, Glory and fame because they are living vicariously through the leaders appreciation not their relationship with Christ.
When Christ and his mission is not he main thing, we will become jealous when we see God working through others.
People become jealous because of
· their insecurities (need for acceptance)
· Desires for glory self-exaltation
· Misconceptions of what successful ministry is in Christ
John’s ministry effectiveness was based on his ministry decreasing (getting smaller)
Size is not the measure of effective ministry
Numerical growth can be a sign of effective ministry, but it is not the only sign or the most prominent sign