Back in August I had written a post titled, Created To Create, stating we were made in God's image and that He is the ultimate creator. So still in the topic of being designed by the Almighty, I want to bring to your attention how important it is that we do everything with excellence.
The Bible informs us that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). But I believe our light can shine even further when we do things in excellence.
When you do things with all your heart, you tend to get noticed. When you are excellent in what you do, people see the Lord in you. The way you do your job shows something about you because of the way you serve. People may not know your name, but Jesus knows where to find you.
Romans 12: 6
In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.
You have to develop what God has deposited in you. Many have gifts which God has deposited, but don't want to go through the development. Sure, it's hard and it takes time, but that's called experience. For example, when you go buy a bike, it doesn't come assembled, it comes in parts. You have to put piece by piece together to enjoy the end result of riding the bike you took time to build. The same is with God, He expects you to put it together. It's called diligence.
When we don't put in all of our effort as we should, I think we are limiting ourselves from achieving greater things for the work Christ has entrusted us with.
I think we are limiting ourselves when we do work for Christ, or we just don't put all the effort we should. I believe as a follower of Christ, we should do things better than what we see out there in the world. We need to be THE example. Come on guys, we are creating for Christ. It should be our best always — no exceptions. Followers of Christ need to be mirror images of the Holy Father. So if you produce music, do it with excellence. If you make art, design with excellence. If it's for God, it needs to be done by His standards; with excellence! The human brain is much more creative than we give it credit for. The problem isn't the capacity for creativity. The problem is the motivation and desire.
How badly do you want to create something that matters? What's motivating you to do it? Are you sharpening your skills? Have you read anything this year to learn more about your gift? If you don't feel like your life depends on it, you are missing out on some of your potential. There are no limits to the extraordinary things you could accomplish. What you create could have a lasting impact on this and future generations.
I believe Pastor Steven Furtick put it the best way,
"If the excellent God lives in you, what would He produce through you?"
I encourage you to be extra salty if possible. Don't be ok with the average; the mediocre. Go beyond that! People need to do what they are called to do with excellence.
Father, please help us develop what you have deposited in us. Ignite the passion, the creativity and the strength within us. May we give You the best that You deserve every single time. Teach us to serve you with excellence in everything we do.