We Are… Excellence in What We Do


By Karen Polich

Pastor Michael Cook’s sermon series, We Are… takes us deeper into the core values of Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church and how we can apply them in our lives. (AFBC Core Values) Listen to the podcast here.

Excellence can be defined as giving our best to God.

God’s people began to neglect certain things. Their passion and excellence were fading. Keeping the best for themselves, they gave God blind and lame sacrifices thinking He wouldn’t notice. God was not pleased. (Malachi 1:6-14)

Seeking excellence in all we do matters, but how often do we offer God our leftovers instead of our best? This can happen for many reasons.

Wrong thinking. Our tendency to compare, impacts giving our best. We think we are less than this person or greater than that person. God is asking only for what is MY best.

Wrong priorities. At times we have the “perfect sacrifice” but aren’t willing to offer it to God. God always knows where our passion is. Where we spend our talents, money, time and focus reveals our hearts. God wants the best we have to offer, not our leftovers.

Wrong motives. This can creep up on any of us. Our motives can deteriorate to the point that we can no longer recognize the difference between excellence and mediocrity. “Just enough” to get us by is not what we are made for.

What happens when we give our best in all we do? Excellence spills over into a lifestyle that honors God.

He is worthy of the best we have to give. Romans 8:32 (NIV) He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?

Attention to detail makes a difference. When we approach everything with excellence in mind, it will reflect all around us. Big or small, everything we do matters. When we seek excellence, we not only honor God, but we honor who He created us to be. It allows us to shine light in the lives of others. People will know that they matter. It inspires.

Challenge: Take a look at your life. Where is your focus? Make excellence a priority and ask God to show you how you can honor Him with your best.


A Time for Excellence

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