25-The Disciple And Excellence

Day 25: The Disciple and Excellence!

An Intimate Walk with Jesus – A 30 Day Quiet Time Series
Text: Colossians 3:23-24

Assignment: Make a list of the things that you do well and the reason(s) why you do them well.

Lesson to Learn: Christians should give their best effort in all they are called upon to do!

When Adam sinned, he brought on all humanity the curse of having to work “by the sweat of your brow.” (Gen. 3:19). Since many see work as a curse, they feel giving their best effort is unnecessary. This was not Jesus’ attitude. He worked as a carpenter for most of His life. His work ethic was an upward call to all. Every Christian should view their work or school as an opportunity to bring glory to God. Work is an opportunity to let your light shine in such a way that when people see your good deeds, they will praise your Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:16). In this lesson, we will examine the attitude Christians should have at all times, as they give their best to their Heavenly Father.

1. Colossians 3:23-24 – One of the most important ways to ensure that a Christian gives his best in all he does is to remember whom he is serving. When you think you are working for a paycheck or to please your boss, you will not be motivated to always do well. When you remember, however, that you are working to please God, you will be inspired in a greater way. Your reward will be Heaven and not simply your pay. Why do you go to work? Is it to get a paycheck or is it to bring praise to God’s Name?

2. Proverbs 18:9 – To do a job half-heartedly is to be a brother to the one who destroys. Sometimes we may think taking a shortcut will do no real harm, but it does! You must always, to the best of your ability, give your employer or teacher a 100% effort. No one would find fault with a person who tried his or her best. Do you feel your life is a testimony to the high standards that a Christian should have?

3. Matthew 25:26-30 – One of the greatest deterrents to a Christian giving their best is laziness. God will judge the world on the basis of how each person uses the talents that are given to him. Laziness is often the excuse used to defend a half-hearted effort. God did not accept any excuses. He sent the servant with one talent to the darkness, where there was weeping and gnashing of teeth. Do you struggle with the sin of laziness? What are you going to do to overcome it? Have you confessed this to someone lately?

4. Philippians 2:19-23 – Timothy was a unique disciple. Paul had trained him from a young age. Timothy had learned well, to the point where he had become a valuable resource to Paul. In Philippians, Paul says that he had no one else who was like Timothy; due in part to the very high standard Timothy lived by. He always gave a 100% effort. Is there a high standard of expectation in your mentoring relationships?

We must always remember whom we are serving. If God were to stand before you today and ask you to do something for Him, how would you respond? We would want to please Him no matter what the cost or effort involved. That’s the way it should be. Sometimes we forget it is God telling us what to do when we are at work or at school. We should, therefore, give Him our best always!

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