Summary: All we do for God should be done with excellence. How do we overcome the good enough for governemt work mentality?
INTRODUCTION: For many, what we give to God is little more than our leftovers. We have allowed society to entice us with its many “things” and rationalize that God wants us to be happy. While I cannot deny that God desires the best for His creation, we must realize that he also requires our best. There are 168 hours in a week or 8736 hours in a year. If you are the average Christian in America, you spend 2184 of those hours sleeping, 1092 hours eating, 1820 hours watching television, 2496 hours working, 91 hours reading your Bible, 30 hours praying and 104 hours attending Church. The other 919 hours are spent working around the home, bathing and so on. If these figures are true, is God really getting our best?
I)Overcoming Mediocrity Means Living Differently
2 Cor. 10:3
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world.
i.We live in a hostile, negative World
ii.We are engulfed in mediocrity and Cynicism.
1. Close enough for government work.
a.Vision: Seeing beyond the Majority
i.Moses & the Children of Israel
ii.Joshua & Caleb
When they returned from spying out the land, at the end of forty days, 26they proceeded to come to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the sons of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; and they brought back word to them and to all the congregation and showed them the fruit of the land. 27Thus they told him, and said, "We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28"Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29"Amalek is living in the land of the Negev and the Hittites and the Jebusites and the Amorites are living in the hill country, and the Canaanites are living by the sea and by the side of the Jordan."
30Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we shall surely overcome it."
b.Priorities: Determining What Comes First
i.Jesus: I came to seek and save that which was lost
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
And when day came, He departed and went to a lonely place; and the multitudes were searching for Him, and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from going away from them. 43But He said to them, "I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose."
I asked God for strength that I might achieve.
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked God for health that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity that I might d better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I might enjoy all things
I got nothing I asked for –
But everything I hoped for…
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed.
Unknown Confederate Soldier
c.Accountability: Answering the Hard Questions
Four qualities associated with accountability
1.Accountability to God is inescapable.
"The good man out of his good treasure brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth what is evil. 36"And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgment.
2.Accountability to Spiritual Leaders is commanded
1 Cor. 16:13-16
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14Let all that you do be done in love.
15Now I urge you, brethren (you know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves for ministry to the saints), 16that you also be in subjection to such men and to everyone who helps in the work and labors.