work with excellence

Is it important to work with excellence?

God is in the business of excellence. In the beginning, when he created the heavens and earth, he declared that what he created was ‘very good’ (Genesis 1:31). God loved the quality of what he produced. We were created in his image with the original mandate of being fruitful, multiplying and subduing the earth (Genesis 1:28). As a people made in his image, we have the ability to create in the same spirit of excellence.

Operating in the excellence spirit means we aim to do our best work at all times. In Colossians 3:23, it say, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” They key is that we see what we are doing as working for the Lord and because he is a God of excellence, we follow his lead. “Like our Master, Jesus, who modeled excellent carpentry work, in his grace, we too, labor with diligence and strive for excellence in whatever work God has called us to do”. Tom Nelson in his book, Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work.

Why should we seek after excellence? Certainly not seek to glorify our work but instead  to glorify God through our work. For some persons, work defines them, instead of being defined as created  in the image of God. Striving for excellence is about how good they become and not highlighting God’s goodness. “In our work we are to show off God’s glory, excellence, creativity, and glory to the world” Tom Nelson. He created us in his image and he is a God of excellence, naturally as his redeemed children we also excel in our respective fields.

When we excel at our  work, it gives us the credibility to speak of the excellence of our Lord Jesus and to share the good news of the gospel with those around us. Tom Nelson, says it like this, “we want God to be seen as excellent so as Christians we should do excellent work since we are representing him.” Hugh Whelchel, in  his book How Then Should we Work, agrees by saying, “when Christians do their jobs with excellence and with accountability in a distinctively christian manner, they cannot help but have a profound effect on the world around them”

What hinders some from being excellent is the dissatisfaction with the work they do. If they are working outside of their purpose, it makes the work they are doing more difficult.  It is important to find God’s path for you and walk it. Fulfilling and living in your purpose is the best way to demonstrate excellence. O.S. Guinness in his book, The Call: finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose for your Life, sums it up by saying “we excel when we follow what God calls us to do because he enables us.

I’ve struggled with understanding what work was my purpose but eventually after getting closer to God I finally understood the path he has me on. Because of this, I understand the struggles many people face trying to figure theirs out. When we are not aware of our purpose, we continuously move from task to task trying to find one that will fit.

We must first seek the Lord as our main purpose. When we seek him and explore his user manual for our lives, his word, it is easier to find what gifts and talents we possess and use excellently for his purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

embracing your purpose

Ignore Your Inner Critic and Embrace Your Purpose

Deep within each of us there is a voice of self doubt actively campaigning against the things we desire to do. This voice tries to tell us that we are not good enough. We are not capable enough. Who are we to desire to be leaders in God’s kingdom is the constant nagging from the voice. The disqualifying adjectives rain down on us in abundance.

The inner critic is really the voice of the devil trying to keep you away from achieving your purpose. The enemy knows that God has great plans for your life. He know the Lord wants you to win souls for his kingdom and he is against that at all costs. His purpose is to steer you away from the path God has you on by planting seeds of doubt within you. Continue reading

Staying Focused On Your Area Of Gifting

Studying the book of Acts has so far been fascinating. Having only explored the initial chapters, there are many lessons to learn. In studying chapter 6, I was intrigued by the apostles and how they sought to focus on what they knew God had called them to do. We see the apostles dealing with a conflict between two different Jewish groups in their congregation. This conflict was about one group of widows not getting as much food as the other.

The congregation was assembled by the apostles to work out a solution to this problem. What was interesting to me was they didn’t want to take this on themselves. They knew their responsibility and they knew there were others around them  capable enough to do it. Here is what they said in Acts 6:2 NLT, …”we apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program”. Continue reading

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Guest Post: Finding New Purpose From My Pain

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 ESV

Each of us can probably recall a particular season during which there was much questioning, wondering, and figuring of God’s will. It is hard to see a season’s blessings when you’re without a job, when a friend has an addiction, or when there’s a sudden loss of life. But I’m so thankful that when God gives strength and grace enough to press through, a season of new is ushered in beyond what can ever be imagined.

Late 2015 was one of those hard seasons for me. After finding out I was pregnant at age 43, I miscarried after just six weeks. I was an emotional wreck at times and allowed myself to heal as needed. I’d endured other hard days before, but none like these. I prayed and searched for answers up and down, trying to understand the why behind this devastation. And you know what? God proved faithful. He led me to His Word to reveal this season’s purpose. He gave me that strength and grace to press through. Truthfully, it was more than a revealing of a purpose. It was to be a revealing of Himself. Continue reading

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5 Ways Being a Christian Blogger Grows Your Relationship With Jesus

 

I believe it is the hope of most christian bloggers heart to grow in their relationship with God. Not only do they desire to write to help others but many are writing to seek clarity for themselves. Christian blogging encourages you to pay attention to whether you are walking right with God as you are telling others to do the same. As I thought about it I realized that it makes me more focused in certain areas.

Being christian blogger pushes you to pray more

As a christian blogger it is important to be in constant contact with your source of strength. We need to soak in as much as we can during our prayer times before we even consider pouring into someone else. Our constant prayer should be for God to help us to write for his glory and not ours. Spending more time in prayer allows us to better represent Jesus to the world. Continue reading

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4 valuable lessons learnt about christian blogging

Christian blogging is about helping others

The major reason for christian blogging is to use our words as a vessel for Christ. Our life experiences have shaped us into unique individuals. This shaping makes us valuable vessels in God’s armor. There are persons going through life that can be helped by what you have to say. When you do this, you are partnering with God by using your gifts and talents  in showcasing God’s kingdom.

We may never know what others are going through and how our words may be just what they need to hear. I get blessed just reading comments on my blog about how some part of what I have written has ministered to someone. I always write with the hope that my words will meet some spiritual need in  whoever reads it. Continue reading

10 Free Classic Christianity Books {Kindle Edition}

I remember reading somewhere that there is no idea that is new and if you want to save yourself some time just read the classics because most books are just watered down versions of these.

I read a lot from my Kindle and I am always searching for free books to read. Here are a few free Kindle editions. Enjoy!

Martin Luther: Works of Martin Luther With Introductions and Notes (Volume I)

Dwight Moody: Secret Power or the Secret of Success in Christian Life and Work

R. A. Torrey: The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit

Andrew Murray: Lord, Teach Us To Pray

Dwight Moody: To The Work! To The Work! Exhortations to Christians

Andrew Murray: The Master’s Indwelling

Dwight Moody: Moody’s Stories Incidents and Illustrations

Andrew Murray: The Ministry of Intercession A Plea for More Prayer

Dwight Moody: Sovereign Grace Its Source, Its Nature and Its Effects

A.W. Tozer: The Pursuit of God

gifts and talents

Using Your Gifts and Talents When You Feel Like Hiding Them

What better time to talk about gifts and talents than the season that defines gift giving? During this season, many gifts are given and  usually the one expectation we have is it will be appreciated.

The parable of the talent looks at the concept of giving a gift and it implications in the Kingdom of God (Matt 5:14-30).  Jesus tells the story of the rich ruler who was going on a long journey. He called three of his servants to leave some of his wealth to them. He gave one five talents, another two and to the final servant one. These talents were actually weights of measurement of gold or silver.

“A Greek talent weighed about sixty pounds; a Roman talent about seventy; a Babylonian talent slightly less than seventy. these would have been talents of gold or silver, so a talent was no small sum. even a single talent would be an immense fortune” Parables, John Macarthur. Continue reading

Keeping Your Dreams Alive When You Want To Quit

Have you heard of the story the prospector digging for gold during the California Gold Rush, made popular in the famous book, Think and Grow Rich. He apparently was digging and finding small amounts of gold but not the mother load he was after.

After a considerable amount of digging, he decided that it was pointless. Another prospector heard he was quitting and bought his tools then hired a land surveyor, geologist and an engineer. This led to the new prospector discovering gold three feet from where the original prospector stopped digging! He was so close but because he quit he lost out on the treasure he so desired.

At some point or another we’ve all been there. We have a dream within us that we are trying  to see it fulfilled  and it is just not happening. Like the prospector we sometimes give up when we may have been so close to our dream becoming a reality. Instead of giving up we can shift our focus to a few things.

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4 Basic Truths on Trusting God In Difficult Times

The other day I was watching my son searching for a toy under a couch. He went in search of his dad to help him find it. His dad held the couch for him to crawl under. When he went under the couch to get the toy, he took his own time coming out, oblivious to the fact that his dad was straining under the weight of the heavy couch.

He  put his trust in his dad, knowing he would not get hurt no matter how long it took him to find what he was looking for.

I connected this incident of trust he displayed in his father to the trust that we should have in our heavenly father. Trusting God is sometimes difficult for some of us but as we draw closer to him we realize how vital it is.  It is one of the cornerstone of our relationship with God. This incident cause me to reflect on a few aspects of trust. Continue reading