Seeds of discord, if allowed to grow can be destructive. If you allow them to take root and not nip things in the bud immediately, problems will arise. In John 3:23-30, Jesus baptized people in the Judean countryside. John was also baptizing people at Aenon near Salim. Some people came to John and said:
“The one you identified as the Messiah is also baptizing people. And everybody is going to him instead of coming to us” (John 3:26 NLT).
John knew his assignment and stayed in his lane.
What was John’s response? He exalted Jesus and said: “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven..I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him” (John 3:27 -28NLT).
Be confident in your call and it applies to any project that you lead too.
For example, some ministry leaders become worried and afraid when another church opens up nearby. As a pastor or leader, even if the person you ordained recently at church is gaining traction in the vicinity more than you, perhaps it is because he or she is needed at that particular time in that region. There is an assignment that has his or her name on it and God has ordained it! Period.
It is very easy for seeds of discord to fester, pitch tents, evoke jealousy where collaboration is required and frustrate kingdom mission.
You can be in the same location but with different assignments and strategy. Haven’t you seen Burger King and McDonalds near each other? Different flavors but both satisfy the same need: hunger.
We miss the point when we focus on who has suddenly appeared and making impact [how everyone seems to be going there] when we should tend to our own vineyard and never forget the mission: Christ.
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John 3:30
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Focus on your own assignment, build where the Lord has placed you, stay in your lane and work your assigned vineyard.