Storytellers - Cain and Abel - Competition Kills

Storytellers - Competition Kills
Genesis 4
Adam slept with Eve his wife. She conceived and had Cain. She said, “I’ve gotten a man, with God’s help!”
2 Then she had another baby, Abel. Abel was a herdsman and Cain a farmer.
3-5 Time passed. Cain brought an offering to God from the produce of his farm. Abel also brought an offering, but from the firstborn animals of his herd, choice cuts of meat. God liked Abel and his offering, but Cain and his offering didn’t get his approval. Cain lost his temper and went into a sulk.
6-7 God spoke to Cain: “Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? If you do well, won’t you be accepted? And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.”
8 Cain had words with his brother. They were out in the field; Cain came at Abel his brother and killed him.
9 God said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”
He said, “How should I know? Am I his babysitter?”
10-12 God said, “What have you done! The voice of your brother’s blood is calling to me from the ground. From now on you’ll get nothing but curses from this ground; you’ll be driven from this ground that has opened its arms to receive the blood of your murdered brother. You’ll farm this ground, but it will no longer give you its best. You’ll be a homeless wanderer on Earth.”
13-14 Cain said to God, “My punishment is too much. I can’t take it! You’ve thrown me off the land and I can never again face you. I’m a homeless wanderer on Earth and whoever finds me will kill me.”
15 God told him, “No. Anyone who kills Cain will pay for it seven times over.” God put a mark on Cain to protect him so that no one who met him would kill him.
16 Cain left the presence of God and lived in No-Man’s-Land, east of Eden.

Competitive Culture
Competitive Drive
    Competitive Benchmarking
        Competitive Intelligence
            Competitive Dynamics
                Competitive Jobs Market
                    Competitive Negotiation
                        Competitive Profile Matrix
                    Competitive Wages
                Competitive Landscape
            Competitive Edge
        Competitive Knitting
    Competitive Napping
Competitive Eating
        Highly Competitive Environment
        Competition Committee
        A Little Friendly Competition
        Crush the Competition
        No Competition
        the Spirit of Competition

Cain and Able
Brothers are Usually Competitive
    Both Have a Purpose
    Both Bring an Offering
        Abel’s Offering is Pleasing
        Cain’s Offering is Not
Every Setback is an Opportunity to Grow, or Grow Bitter
    6-7 God spoke to Cain: “Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? If you do well, won’t you be accepted? And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.”
    8 Cain had words with his brother. They were out in the field; Cain came at Abel         his brother and killed him.
    9 God said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”
    He said, “How should I know? Am I his babysitter?”

When God Asks a Question
It's an Opportunity for Redemption

Competition Kills
10-12 God said, “What have you done! The voice of your brother’s blood is calling to me from the ground. From now on you’ll get nothing but curses from this ground; you’ll be driven from this ground that has opened its arms to receive the blood of your murdered brother. You’ll farm this ground, but it will no longer give you its best. You’ll be a homeless wanderer on Earth.”
13-14 Cain said to God, “My punishment is too much. I can’t take it! You’ve thrown me off the land and I can never again face you. I’m a homeless wanderer on Earth and whoever finds me will kill me.”
Competition Kills Calling
    ‘nothing but curses from this ground’
Competition Kills Creativity
    ‘you’ll farm this ground but it will NO LONGER give you it’s best’
Confidence Kills Confidence
    ‘my punishment is too much. i can’t take it!”

Competition Leads to Comparison

Comparison kills Contentment
        Comparison leads to Condemnation
                or
        Comparison leads to Complacency
C O N D E M N A T I O N
Comparing Yourself to Someone Who’s Gifting is Different
God Gives Grace to Do What He’s Called You to Do
C O M P L A C E N C Y
Comparing Yourself to Someone Who’s Gifting is Undeveloped
False Sense of Security
Galatians 6:4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else.
C O M P A R E D  to  C H R I S T                                                                                                Christ First Looked Out for You
Creativity and Celebration
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.