Nearly 2 million people watched the U.S. Women’s Soccer team win the World Cup. Later, down the avenue that saw parades honoring the nation’s heroes of the past, the team was honored to a ticker tape parade. We live in a culture that honors excellence.
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ will get its parade in another world, but in the meantime it should continue to pursue excellence. Why? Excellence is the biblical standard.
• God looked on His creation and declared it “very good.”
• Jesus reviewed His earthly ministry and said to His Father, “I have finished the work which You gave Me to do.”
• Paul looked at the journal of his ministry and said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”
The goal is to live out our faith in a positive, productive and persuasive way. Many times, one issue separates the excelling from the also-ran’s: stewardship, the biblical principle of managing the resources God has given.