For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you

                               not carnal and behaving like mere men?

        (1 Corinthians 3:3)

 

In 19th-century England, everyone knew the names of Charles Haddon Spurgeon and Joseph Parker. As the pastor of the Metropolitan Church in London, Spurgeon preached to more people in the English-speaking world than any preacher living. Parker, who was just as well known, has been forgotten in our modern era because all of his energy was lost worrying about what Spurgeon was doing. Likewise, we are often worried and distracted because we compare our discipleship with that of others. It is amazing what could be done with that dissipated energy if it were focused in one direction.