No Need for Competition

No Need for Competition by myles munroe
August 22
When we truly understand the difference between mission and vision, we are protected from jealousy. One day, while I was talking with a friend who owns the McDonald’s franchise in the Bahamas, the owner of the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise stopped by. I was curious and asked the Kentucky Fried Chicken man what he was doing there. He responded, “We’re going to have lunch.” I decided to go with them because I wanted to see where they would end up eating. They went to Pizza Hut!

 

During lunch, I asked, “Excuse me, gentlemen. Aren’t you competitors?” They responded, “No.” My friend added, “He doesn’t sell what I sell. I don’t sell what he sells. How can we
be in competition?” Then I asked, “Why did you come here?” He replied, “We didn’t feel like eating burgers or chicken. We felt like eating pizza!” There is a place for all three establishments in our city because each has its own specific vision.

 

I travel around the world and speak at large churches alongside well-known pastors. Sometimes I notice certain approaches or methods their churches are using. I’m tempted to imitate them, thinking, “I should try that. Maybe I can get more people to come if I do what they do.” Yet the Lord says to me, “Don’t you dare.” If I try to imitate others, I won’t be fulfilling the specific vision He has given me, and I will no longer have His full blessing.

 

Each of us must measure the success of our visions by God’s assignments to us. We need to ask ourselves, “Am I doing what God told me to do?”

 

Prayer:
Father, love, and not competition, should abound among Your people. As I seek to fulfill my vision, let me work in harmony with others, respecting their unique contributions. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: When you’ve discovered your own vision, you do not need to be jealous of anyone.

Reading: Psalm 110–112; 1 Corinthians 5

 

-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)