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The pursuit of excellence

We continue in our preaching series on discovering our destiny, discovering your destiny.

Across our group of churches, we are spending a few weeks preaching on how setting high standards in our lives is important as disciples of Jesus.

This morning our theme is Excellence in all we do and say and I want us to spend some time considering the pursuit of excellence in our daily lives.

Excellence - The Oxford Dictionary defines it in this way:

Excellence - The quality of being outstanding or extremely good.

The word excel is defined as, “to do or be better than; to surpass.”

Excellence from the viewpoint of the world is defined in terms of competition, of surpassing others, usually for self glory or a sense of significance or to achieve the praise and applause of other people.

From a worldly perspective, the words excel, surpass, exceed, transcend, outdo, all suggest the concept of going beyond a specific limit or standard.

To excel is to perform at a level higher.

To surpass is to be superior in performance, quality, or degree.

Exceed can refer to being superior in quality, ingenuity or quantity or to progress beyond a defined limit.

Transcend implies the attainment of a level so high that comparison is hardly possible.

To outdo is to excel in doing or performing.

When we think of the pursuit of excellence from a biblical perspective, it is different from the world's view of excellence.

From a Biblical perspective, excellence is a virtue and we, as disciples of Jesus, should pursue excellence at all times.

Whether we are washing dishes at home or washing windows for a living, whether we are running a business or running a small group, whether we are driving a car or a golf ball we are to do it to the glory of God.

In 1 Corinthians 10:31 the Apostle Paul tells us “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” And in Colossians 3:23-24 he writes, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.”

There is basic theology in these verses for us. This is a foundational part of our faith and our daily walk as disciples of Jesus. This is a theological truth that should touch every aspect of our lives, a truth that is essential to us living the life that Jesus has called us and saved us to live.

In all things, we as Christians, we as followers of Jesus, we as those who have repented from our sins and accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we are to pursue excellence, for the glory of God.

Aristotle the ancient Greek philosopher and scientist put it this way: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

The pursuit of excellence is a direction not a destination, the pursuit of excellence is something we must continue to do until God calls us home.

Excellence means being your best.

Excellence means being better tomorrow than you were yesterday.

Excellence means matching your practice with your potential.”


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Dean Courtier

commented on Jun 20, 2017

Sermon Audio is available here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-pursuit-of-excellence-series-discover-your-destiny/id1016102507?i=1000386435523&mt=2

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