Saturday, May 20, 2006

Why Excel?

Today's Topic: Scriptural Serving

I love excellence.
Excellence commands attention.
Excellence communicates value.
Excellence adorns the gospel.
Excellence glorifies God.

About 20 years ago, churches began pursuing technical excellence seriously. Since then, excellence has become a driving force in much of the Christian community. The goal of reaching technical excellence has spawned multitudes of markets, magazines, discussion groups, online communities, seminars, and conferences.

Though some churches and pastors don't desire excellence, many churches truly are pushing the standards of technology use to ever higher levels. And those tech-savvy churches are impacting almost all other American churches.

But why pursue excellence? Why all the effort, energy, and money in technology and media?

I'm assuming that if you're reading this, it's because you have some desire to excel in what you do for the Lord. So, why do I ask these other questions? It's not because I doubt the importance or the effect of excellence. I ask because I firmly believe that motive matters. Whenever what we do matters, why we do it matters even more.

So why should we pursue excellence?
"Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." -- Colossians 3:22-24
"Work heartily" clearly commands hard work with the goal of doing an excellent job. More importantly, I see three ideas in this passage that help me understand why I should work hard to reach excellence.
  1. Always pursue excellence because God is always watching.
  2. Never pursue excellence because other people may be watching.
  3. The excellence of your work will impact your inheritance in heaven.
For the next three weeks, I'll expand on these three points, hopefully helping you (and me) answer the most important question:

Why do you pursue excellence?

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've seen Dave Wilcox's life up close for years. He applies Col. 3 with integrity. Thanks for your example Dave and using this blog to teach us how to be like you as you strive to be like our Savior.

David Wilcox said...

Thank you for your encouragement. I have seen God's grace in my life in this area. May he be honored!

Nevertheless, one of the reasons I'm writing these posts is because I've recently been convicted of subtle but powerful ways in which I live for myself and what others think of me rather than living for the approval of God. I pray that in studying this scripture further, God will have even more mercy on me.