Excellence

There is a laudable emphasis on “excellence” in Christian circles these days.

We want superior worship singing, interesting sermons, well-organized church activities. We are concerned that outsiders won’t come – or insiders will leave – if our church looks down-at-the-heels or old-fashioned or just plain boring.

I agree that we should put our best foot forward as Christians. We want to do all things well.

But my question is: Why should we be excellent?

Some would say that excellence is important if we are going to attract non-believers to Jesus. I agree that a “with-it” church is more likely to appeal to a “hip-and-happening” non-Christian than a fusty old congregation.

But is that what ultimately draws people to Jesus? A “with-it” church may, indeed, get some people in the church door. But, it seems to me that the age-old reasons for people coming to Christ remain the same today as they did in Jesus’ day – the Holy Spirit, loving other people, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Certainly, Jesus did not have a great worship band or a fine building when he spoke to large crowds in the open air. His miracles, his compassion, and his words struck like hammer blows on the hearts of his listeners.

So, again, why should we be excellent?

Paul said it best in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

We should be excellent to bring honour and glory to the Lord. When people see us doing our best – even going beyond the expected – they will see that Christians are deeply committed to their God. We aren’t content with half-hearted efforts. We want people to admire – and worship – God.

When we hear about glorifying God, we may feel that the idea is hard to grasp. How do we glorify God – how do we honour him – in our everyday lives?

I think it begins with our motives. Am I doing this for myself – or my company, or my church? Or, am I doing this to bring praise to God?

I confess that my motives are often mixed – with a lot of selfishness thrown in.

I enjoyed a list of practical ways suggested by Kevin DeYoung, a pastor in East Lansing, Michigan, in an article for The Gospel Coalition. Here is the link: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2010/10/05/how-can-i-glorify-god/

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2 comments so far

  1. Judith Starr on

    Excellent!!!!! J

    Judy

  2. Robert Douglas on

    Thanks, Judy.


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