Summary: We are the pursuers of Christ excellence...
THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE
Pastor Joel Tejedo told me before that God wants me to be a better and bigger person-- an excellent person.
What is excellence means? Is it a bomb? Yes, excellence is a bomb which is going over with a bang- doing the very best to excel. If you play a computer game a shooting game. Being a gamer in that game you must need to shoot the goal of the game and immediately the computer machine will have a response with the marching sound EXCELLENT! Excellence is a goal to determine! Perhaps, this is what our pastor wants us to understand that we are this person of Ego. E + go = Ego – Self-Image – meaning we see ourselves as Excellent goers!!! Do we have this kind of self – image? If not be on it Now!
Excellence is not just a word; it is a go
Go-it takes timing, courage, skills and the leading of God and it also requires risk taking.
Excellence is not just a work; it is a gravity
Excellence is not just a will; it is a whole glory
Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 8:7 that he himself wants as to be an excellent goers in Knowledge, Speech, Faith, Complete Earnestness, Love and Giving.
Knowledge involves facts and understanding – We must excellent in the Bible knowledge as our divine facts and understanding. Knowledge without common sense is fool. We should sense the truth and not deficient. Knowledge is the head of wisdom while wisdom is the hand of knowledge meaning wisdom is the application of knowledge.
Speech involves Power Language – The Bible is our Power Language to speak accordingly to the Spirit. Paul said Romans 1:16
Faith involves faithfulness – the suffix of faithfulness is fullness meaning the capacity of being full in faith. This kind of faith as Paul said that the righteous shall live by faith and believing the things which is not unseen.
Complete Earnest involves sincere attitude and intention to excel – this is our attitude to welcome excellence in our lives.
Love involves passion to others – allow the others to be excellent as well. Paul was excellent in attitude to love the church of Christ for Christ died for His church and Christ will marry his church in the future.
And giving involves sacrifice - Paul wants us to know this, though we are lacking but rich in generosity 2 Cor. 8:1. We are excellent in giving the very best for God and giving makes us richer in heaven.
Paul was not excellent in speech but he has the demonstration of the Spirit Power. 1 Cor. 2:3-5 KJV And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with Excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
When we say that Excellency come through the Spirit Power just like Paul makes him excellent in preaching the word then we need something to fill our Excellency.
I. EXECELLENT GOERS EMBRACE EMPOWERMENT
Some says that they will become excellent when they are “Best Doers,” “Knowledgeable, well-trained and experienced,” and “hard working.” All of these are induce by human effort.
Our best is never enough – we constantly need God’s extra touch. We need His empowerment and demonstration like Paul.
We rely, not on our knowledge, training, experience, but on God’s transforming addition to our best. Transformed mind of mediocrity and poverty in life and character – Excellency need enlargement of life purpose and envision excellent things in the Lord. Life without excellent purpose is direct less. You are like barbarians living in the Island.
We are not satisfied to work hard. We look to God for His empowerment upon our earnest efforts. Then, when we’re filled with and anointed by His Spirit that experience makes us excellent and our service to be Spirit-guided, Spirit-empowered and used for the Glory of God.
Jesus desires each of us to be Spirit-filled Matthew 3:11 that our innermost nature is cleansed as by fire and the Shekinah glory of God. The Spirit Shekinah – glory, His Holy fire is for all of us believers in this dispensation of grace.
When people see the excellence of Jesus, Empowerment of Jesus in our lives people will have the earnestness to near and experience this extraordinary Spiritual function in us. Excellent and empowered Christian can produce another one for Jesus and humble them to give the glory for God.
We can be excellent without empowerment but little impact on the world. Jesus wants us to be extraordinary excellent-empowered Christian. Empowered Christian become more effective when experience take upon.