Posted by: Brian D. Prucey on Wed, Feb 23, 2011
I came across a quote the other week from an unknown author: “Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong.”
What a powerful statement and very appropriate for the church today.
Do you have the faith of an amateur Christian, or the faith of a seasoned professional? Is your faith expressed with immature haphazardness, or do you seek to live your faith with excellence?
Many amateurs see themselves as less than the best, so they give less than their best. Many Christians as well fail to give God their very best because they see themselves as “amateurs” and the paid ministers as the “professionals.”
In the Old Testament, when Moses described the type of animals needed for the ritual sacrifices, he told the people to only bring their best. They were not to offer to a holy God an animal that was sick, lame or in any way defective. The offering animal must be excellent in every respect.
Our offering of service to God must be excellent in every respect. In every aspects of our faith, we must exhibit excellence. We must be excellent in prayer, excellent in worship, excellent in witnessing, excellent in Bible study, excellent in ministry, excellent in Sunday School, excellent in committee work, excellent in giving, excellent in fellowship, excellent in service, excellent in loving God and loving others.
Even if we think what we do is routine and mundane, we must do it with excellence.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, six months before he was assassinated, said this:
If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.
The Bible says, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17). If we do anything in the name of the Lord Jesus, should we not do it with excellence? Is there any aspect of our life that our Lord would bless if it was done poorly or haphazardly?
At the first of the New Year, I set a challenge for us that we would be an E3 church characterized by Excellence, Energy and Espirit de Corps. I pray that all of us would examine our faith and service to Christ for evidences of excellence. Give God only your best because He gave us His best—His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
The shepherd love the sheep,
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