2 Corinthians 10: 12
We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.
In the world, one of the most common terms used in the business world is competition. It is a competition between firms offering similar services, a competition amongst members of staff for a coveted office/position, or recognition, etc. It is about the survival of the fittest, they say. Finding ways to take out your competition is how to stand out in business, they claim.
However, in the Kingdom, work/business is not a competition and approaching it as such is missing the point. We cannot think like the world does because we have different motives for working. To them, it is about getting wealthy, comfortable, famous, and respected. But without working, we already have and enjoy these things because we are sons of the Great King. Jesus died that He might give the blessings of Abraham (wealth, comfort, fame, honour inclusive) to us as a gift, independent of our actions/work. The things the world seek to get from a job we already have. We work for a pristine reason. We engage in business and work because we have a well-defined part to play in the solving of problems on the earth.
When people see business as a competition, they focus on outdoing their competition. Their competitor's actions and inactions control what they do. However, business is about reaching out to specific people, in a specific way and using specific resources. The focus ought to be offering a service.
For example, if we are in the fashion field, we are not in competition with other fashion firms. We have our market, our niche, our unique service/offer and we must find them and attend to them. We should not be bothered by others. If we offer quality service and effectively solve the problems, people would gravitate towards us.
It is folly to compare yourself or business with others. Be proud of your process and be faithful where you are. You are not on a mission to unseat anyone. You are on earth to serve. Unseating people is the Father’s prerogative, and He does it in response to humility or pride; for God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. (Psalm 75:7).
Keep your focus on your business/assignment. It does not matter what paths the others are taking. Always do what the Father has asked you to do. Divine wisdom trumps man's best.
Galatians 6: 4 -5 But each one must carefully scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable without comparing himself to another. For every person will have to bear [with patience] his own burden [of faults and shortcomings for which he alone is responsible].