Jesus never used competition or comparison as tools to motivate His followers. These methods keep the focus on the individual, not the goal. As a group, the challenge facing the disciples was great; internal stresses would only undermine their progress. In contrast to inciting the disciples to prove themselves by outperforming one other, Jesus emphasized self-sacrifice and mutual service in pursuit of their shared goal. This environment would allow each person to give their best and set the stage for collaboration. How can your leadership defuse comparison and competition and redirect people to be serving and supportive of one another?

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. —John 13:14-15

Prayer: Jesus, in a world of competition, may we follow You in creating atmospheres that call out the best in people and help them come together to collaborate and support one another in achieving mutual goals. In Your Name, we ask, Amen.