Excellence

 

At the conclusion of His creative efforts, God stood back, examined His work, and declared that it was "very good." (Genesis 1:31)What a powerful statement! It's true what I once read on a child's shirt, "God don't make no junk!" The excellence in which Godmoved was amazing. From the creation of the stars and planets to the intricacies of human anatomy, God's handiwork was clearly on display. After all, He is El Shaddai - God Almighty!

So, where does that leave us? If you've ever looked closely at little children, you've probably noticed traits from each parent. The Bible tells us in Romans 8:15 that, "you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” If you have given your life to Jesus, then you were made part of His family.

Just as earthly children resemble and act like their earthly parents, we need to resemble and act like our Heavenly Father. God said, "Be holy for I am holy" (1 Peter 1:16.) Jesus said, "Love others as I have loved you" (John 15:12.) In giving direction on prayer, Jesus told us to forgive others as the Father has forgiven us (Matthew 6:12.) There are so many examples where we are called to be like God that us striving for excellence should be natural.

The apostle Paul wrote, "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, (Colossians 3:23)."We should strive for excellence in whatever we do for God's sake. As ambassadors for Christ, we represent Him and should always put our best foot forward.We don't do it for personal glory.

We do it to honor our Lord and savior. As you go on with your day, be excellent for His sake!