By Karen Polich
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
Defined 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 Creator.
Perfection is not a requirement since we are made perfect in Christ. God wants us; our whole self 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