It’s not a competition

John 4:1-3 msg

Jesus realized that the Pharisees were keeping count of the baptisms that he and John performed (although his disciples, not Jesus, did the actual baptizing). They had posted the score that Jesus was ahead, turning him and John into rivals in the eyes of the people. So Jesus left the Judean countryside and went back to Galilee.

Baptising is one of the most glorious events to be a part of whether it’s in water or the Holy Spirits baptism. But it can become easy to fall into the trap of keeping score. Salvations, healings or breakthroughs can all be tallied and counted (or at least attempted to).

But we can see the very sad thing that happens here is that the disciples decide to count their baptisms on behalf of Jesus, verses Johns baptisms, as if his were somehow not from Jesus.

The result is great division amongst the people. They are then seen as two very different teams competing against one another.

Jesus response when He becomes aware of this ‘score-keeping’ is interesting. He becomes so ticked off that He has to depart from the area altogether.

We need to make sure that we do not take any of the credit when we are doing work for the Lord and ‘do it all for the glory of God’ 1 Corinthians 10:31. It’s important that we don’t compare what God has told us to do with the work of others or one church against another. We are all one body.

If we continue with a competitive spirit the Holy Spirit will depart from our area of work very quickly just like Jesus did. We are a big team working with Jesus to ‘make disciples of all nations’.

Your time to arise

Matthew 3:13-17 (NLT)

Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”
But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.
After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

This was Jesus’ moment of change; a defining line in His life. He had spent thirty years in preparation for this day and the days that followed.
This was God’s time to begin to show His glory to the world through the ministry of Jesus. As soon as the dove descended and the Holy Spirit anointed Him, He was ready to enter into His ministry.

Likewise, your time has arrived in which God is propelling you into your field of influence. He has been disciplining and preparing you through this past wilderness season where you have come up against giants and powers far too strong for you.

But all this was required in training you for this moment where the work He has shown you is now upon you.

Just like Jesus, you have now been given the go-ahead to carry out the projects and ministry commission He has prepared you for.

Your dove has landed and your time is here to ‘carry out all that God requires’ (v15)

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