Series | THE EXCELLENCE IN YOU
2 Peter 1:3-11 NLT — “3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. 5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. 10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. 11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
What is excellence, really!
You Gave Me an F.
“You gave me an ‘F’! I worked really hard on this.” Such statements from students always stood in stark contrast against these “I made an A!! I worked really hard on this.” Somehow, students always earned the A’s and were given the F’s. It’s not really very perplexing though. We want to be in control of our excellence but not of our failure.
It’s a Natural, Human Response.
I was an excellence seeker in school.
A = Excellent … and I wanted all A’s.
Maybe you strove for these in school too. Or maybe not.
My husband was not nearly as concerned. Excellence, I’m guessing, in his estimation, didn’t come from others’ observations about his work.
So what of my focus on the ‘A’? I think it says that I held others’ assessments of me in high esteem. I really loved back then to say that I didn’t care what people thought. I said that a lot actually, but I cared a lot. I wanted to please others. I wanted to be excellent because I felt anything but excellent. My cover for all the failing inside of me was to have excellence in the eyes of others. Damaging and not excellent.
As a student I sought excellence of the grade variety, and as a teacher, I made daily determinations about what was excellence in my students’ writings.
What is excellence?
But what really is excellence? Should our seeking after excellence be so subjective? What if we each just decide what is excellence for ourselves? How would that work out? Our view has to go so much deeper than what we earn on the surface of something.
As our Focus Scripture points out, God is our guide for excellence. When we come to know God, we receive everything, through his divine power, that we need to live a godly life. But make sure you don’t miss that we don’t get to know Him on our own accord. He calls us to Himself by way of his marvelous glory and excellence. So He is the cause and the supply. Because of his Great Glory and excellence, he gives us precious promises, and in these promises, we come to share his divine nature.
With God, we earn the F but not the A. We don’t work hard for the A. He supplies all we need for that A. He calls us. We seek Him because of His glory and excellence. He gives us what we need to live godly lives, to live in excellence, to earn the A. Just like my students, I want to be in control of my excellence and not of my failures. With God, I don’t have to worry about being in control at all. I don’t have to worry about figuring out how to be excellent. He has already figured that out for me.
What is excellence? GOD is EXCELLENCE, my friend.
He is calling you. … Seek Him. … Find excellence.
P.S. What did you seek in school? Were you like me or my husband?? Asking for a friend! 😉
Connie Benoit Sirois
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