Friday, March 11, 2011

A Biblical View of Competition

I love to compete. Whether it is a friendly game of Trivial Pursuit, a fierce battle of ping pong, or a barbershop singing contest, I love the rush of adrenalin that comes from matching wits and skill with someone else. But I also love the Lord, and His word is clear that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Taking delight in crushing someone else hardly seems consistent with the selflessness to which Christ calls His people. So how should Christians view competition? Is it possible to reconcile the competitive spirit with the Holy Spirit?