“The Choice Of EXCELLENCE “

Nov 21

“The Choice Of EXCELLENCE “

Excellence is a choice.
God didn’t create us to be average. He didn’t make us to barely get by; we were created to excel. – Unknown

II Peter 1:3-5
3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us [a]by His own glory and [bEXCELLENCE. 4 [c]For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral [d]EXCELLENCE, and in your moral EXCELLENCE, knowledge,

In II Peter 1:3-5 The apostle Peter exhorts us to live a life of Moral Excellence because we have been called by a Father, who epitomizes EXCELLENCE by His very Own Nature (vs. 3). Peter says ‘By These’ that is, God the Fathers qualities of GLORY & EXCELLENCE(vs. 3) , He has GRANTED or FREELY GIVEN & GIFTED to Us PROMISES that we likewise might live & pursue a life of excellence as well, actually sharing or partnering in God’s Nature as we do so. (vs. 4)

So What Is Excellence?

In this passage the word in Greek for EXCELLENCE used three times is ‘Arete’ , pronounced ah-rah-tay….meaning, “A virtuous course of thought, feeling, and action”.

We could describe this as the quality “of being outstanding or good, excellence is something of beauty. Choosing excellence brings us to a place where our integrity is pure and we are giving our very best. It requires discipline and commitment. Excellence brings focus and is free of distractions. Just reading the word, excellence, can evoke a desire to pursue a higher purpose.

Excellence doesn’t have room for complacency or mediocrity. It cannot be half done or involve only part of a heart and mind. When we are bringing our very best to God, we are bringing Him the essence of who we are and who He made us to be. Excellence involves doing what is right, regardless of who is watching. It is striving to always make things better, even if things are already good. It is a choice that involves the details.
We are called to bring excellence in worship. in Exodus 34:26, we are called to bring our first fruits, Bring the best of the first fruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God. God wants our attention, our focus; He desires that we bring Him excellence in what we offer. A sharpened sense of belonging comes with excellence in our worship. It brings a deeper intimacy with our Father.

Perfection is not a requirement since we are made perfect in Christ. God wants us; our whole being and everything we have to offer. For God did not give you a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

We can choose to bring excellence in our worship. We can choose to open our hearts with complete abandon. We can choose to give with excellence and trust God. What might we see God do when we bring Him our very best?
What do you choose? Are you ready to bring excellence in worshiping our Holy God?

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. Psalm 29:2

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any EXCELLENCE and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

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