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 You Can Be Better


 

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,” (Col. 3:23).
 
 
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are head, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” (Phil. 3:13,14).
 
Statements like these in the Bible convince me of this simple thing: Anything we do that is right, we can do better. Several of the parables of Jesus convey to us the value of excellence. I’m reminded of the man who gave three of his servants a different sum of money to use (Matt. 25:14-29). When the master returned, two of the men had used the money wisely and had a return. The third man simply put his money in the ground, unwilling to do the best he could with what he had.
 
Or in the story about the pearl of great price (Matt. 13:45,46). The merchant was not content to find an artificial pearl or an average pearl. His quest of heart was for a “beautiful pearl,” and when he found it, he “sold all that he had and bought it.”  These parables may have multiple lessons. One underlying thread is excellence. Anything we do that is right, we can do better.
 
Doing better requires commitment, change and action that is sustained in daily life. But the one who has a right heart toward God and is forgiven by Christ can push through the fears and challenges and do better. Think about it.
 
You can be a better Bible reader and student
 
You can be a better individual worshipper
 
You can be a better husband or wife
 
You can be a better parent
 
You can be a better son or daughter
 
You can be a better brother or sister
 
You can be a better employer
 
You can be a better employee
 
You can be a better leader
 
You can be a better friend
 
You can be a better citizen
 
You can be a better church member
 
Make your own list, take this thought of excellence and growth into your life this week.


 

By Warren E. Berkley
The Front Page
From Expository Files 15.9;  September 2008

 

 

 

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