The minute you start worrying about other people, other ministries or other churches, you begin to fall to the temptation of trying to control outcomes. That is sin. That is a failure to trust God and it is pride and an affront to God. Satan’s strategy is to destroy the effectiveness of Christianity by creating disunity and competition among His body.

The psalmist wrote, "Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity" (Psalm 133:1).

Have you contributed to an independent spirit within His Body? God calls Christians to a higher Kingdom economy that has no competition. He instructs us to serve others. "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others" (Philippians 2:3).

Are you seeking to help break down walls of competition among Christians, churches, para-church groups, denominations, and ethnic groups? Do you want to break the competitive spirit in you or your organization? Do something for someone else in which you get no direct benefit. That will begin to break that competitive independent spirit.

Until we walk in the spirit of unity, we will hinder those in whom God has reserved a place in Heaven. Pray for His Church to be unified.

Os Hillman is president of Marketplace Leaders and author of Change Agent and TGIF: Today God Is First, a free email daily devotional.

Publication date: August 22, 2013