The motto of the football team the Oakland Raiders is “Commitment to Excellence”. But over the past 5 or 6 years many have questioned whether that motto is true as the Raiders have been one of the poorer teams in the league. Whether the motto is true for the Raiders or not it should be true for every person who claims the name of Christian. In Paul’s writing to the Colossian church we read in the 3rd chapter these words, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward, it is the Lord Christ you are serving” (v.23-24). When we do something whole heartedly the mind rejoices at what the hand does. For the Christian work shouldn’t be divided into sacred or secular. In everything we do it should be recognized as service to God.
To do something whole heartedly means to do it out of the soul, to genuinely see our work or service as an act of obedience to God. It is important that we pursue faithful service to our employers but beyond our earthly masters we must see our heavenly Master as the one we ultimately seek to please. In our service for Jesus Christ it is important that we don’t “wing it” or just “get by”. We must offer the very best we have for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords for He is the one who will eternally reward us.
The last few years I was a full-time student at Phil. College of Bible I was also working 40 hours a week at the post office, serving as a deacon at the local church and parenting 3 small children. I could have gotten by at school with a lot less study and preparation but I strived for excellence in presenting my best to Christ. I ended up graduating with honors from P.C.B., but more importantly I discovered the riches and blessing of giving God my best. Instead of simply “getting by” I was completely empowered by the Holy Spirit as I presented my body as a “living sacrifice”. I did not excel in the flesh, but in the power of the Holy Spirit and Christ gets all the glory. If we simply “wing it” or just “get by” we will never experience the incredible power of the Holy Spirit working alongside our best efforts to do something way beyond us. I had never been more than an average student my whole high school experience, but with God’s touch anything is possible.
Remember it is Jesus Christ that we are serving and He deserves our best because He gave us His best. The final payday is coming and it is from the Lord Jesus Christ. That should be enough motivation to be “committed to excellence” in our service for Christ. Jesus will judge without favoritism and the Lordship of Christ is always a means of encouragement and incentive for faithful service in whatever we are doing.
Seeking Excellence in Christ,
Pastor Rich Sivo