Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Kingdom Culture- "Excellence"

I wanted to share a devotional on a topic that needs a greater place in all of our lives. I'm referring to the idea of "excellence." As believers we should work hard at having a culture of genuine authenticity & progressive excellence. This past weekend I shared a word picture that I believe illustrates the need for excellence in our church family & everyday lives. When people walk into your life & into our church are they walking into a dirty convenience store bathroom or into a 5 star resort. We should work hard at honoring others by presenting ourselves & the message of Jesus in an authentic & thoroughly excellent manner. Let's prefer, honor & bless others with excellence! A Spirit of excellence is part of the Kingdom culture that God has established & expects from us. Enjoy the devotional!

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might" (Ecclesiastes 9:10a, NAS)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
David was a man of excellence. The Bible tells us that David played his harp “skillfully.” He didn’t just play it, he played it with excellence. When he slung the stone that defeated Goliath, it wasn’t an accident. It wasn’t just a lucky break. David had practiced the slingshot year after year out in the shepherd’s fields. He was extremely talented with that slingshot. Some experts say he could hit a small bull’s eye more than 100 feet away!

In the same way, if we want to see God’s hand of promotion, we need to live excellently. In this day and age, if you’re not growing, then you’re at a disadvantage. If you’re at the same skill level this year as you were five years ago, then you are falling behind. It’s time to step it up a notch. Whatever you are doing, do it with all your might! Don’t get complacent. Keep growing; keep learning; keep improving. As you do your best to live excellently, God will bless the fruit of your labor. He’ll pour out His “super” on your natural and cause you to rise up higher into the life of victory He has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, I choose to live in excellence. I want to bring You glory in all that I do. Thank You for promoting me as I dedicate every area of my life to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.