I attended my company’s corporate conference this past week. It was a wonderful celebration of those who excelled last year. Information was given on how to improve in our performance, and encouragement was given to strive for excellence this year. The idea was given – If you achieve excellence, perhaps you will be the one called to the stage at next year’s award banquet.
God encourages us to work for the reward. Proverbs 22:29 explains that those who are excellent will be noticed. “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” Go ahead, do your best, and be the example. But it doesn’t matter if you are the one to receive the recognition or the reward. We may not receive recognition here on earth, but the Bible tells us that whatever good we do we will receive back from the Lord. “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.” Ephesians 6:7-8.
God calls us to be excellent in everything we do, that includes secular things. 1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” This idea is repeated in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” It may be difficult, but we must constantly strive to do the best we can. Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore excellence is not an act but a habit.” Excellence is also an attitude. It’s a way of life. As a Christian we must ensure we adopt this attitude in everything we do, even routine or unpleasant tasks.
How do you achieve excellence? Jesus gave us the answer. In Matthew 20:25-28 and Mark 10:42-44 Jesus told us that if we want to be first, we must serve. Therefore, the way to excellence is to have a servant’s heart. If you serve others, you will excel, and also be an example to others how they can strive for excellence as well.
2 Corinthians 8:7
“But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.”
Blessings on your day.
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