The Key to Being One!
Recently someone shared how the Church was moving from being #1 to being One. Unity ought to be our goal, as opposed to supremacy. The drive to be #1 already fuels too much of what is done in our lives. This is true even if we do not consider ourselves elite or near the pinnacle of success. The Holy Spirit is isolating and pruning this ambition from our hearts. Instead of us all trying to be #1, a people will emerge who are simply… One–One in unity, heart, purpose and spirit.
Competition is manifest in our desire to be the best–to be #1. It is far more common than some would think. While it may be obvious in those who are aggressively clamouring for promotion, it also surfaces in those who are not high achievers. The obviously ambitious stand out. However, while the rest might not want to be #1, we may think ourselves worthy to be ahead of someone.
We may be too aware of the vanity of trying to be #1 to assume that role, but we still might be agitating for something. That is, I don’t want to be the greatest, but I am certainly better than that guy(insert name). It is very subtle and not overtly boastful. In effect ambition means to displace the person ahead of us, then the one ahead of them and so on. Up front however, it only wants a little. Kind of like Hitler thinking he will be satisfied with Austria,… and maybe France, then of course, Belgium.
This is how it begins. With a little confidence a rabid beast emerges whose appetite is never satisfied.
So what should be my posture? Can I aspire to anything at all? Of course, as there is an industrious expression of faithfulness that is ripe with contentment and humility. The challenge is making sure this is our foundation. There are two keys that will help purify the heart and keep selfish ambition in check.
The first is Paul’s admonition saying, ‘Godliness with contentment is great gain’(1 Timothy 6:6). This tells to look suspiciously upon ambition which can never enjoy the moment or rest in our present place. The second principle is found in the understanding that ultimately God promotes.
The Scripture tells us the source of promotion is God. If this is true then we need not worry about a place or function we justly deserve. If our faith is what it ought to be then it will peacefully wait for God’s promotion knowing anything else contributes to the climate of division.
“For promotion comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.” (Psalm 75:6-7)