Cover 2018-07-15

Ron Writes

Excellence

The trim and the doors downstairs look fabulous. All the trim was replaced with brand new trim. The doors were all painstakingly refinished. It’s encouraging to see things done with excellence. There’s a big difference between doing “a pretty good job” and something that is done with excellence. Excellence is hard work and it takes a lot more time.

Excellence is attractive. It sends out the message that what we’re doing is important. We have seen so many projects done lately with excellence. Quality attracts. It’s contagious. We like to visit places that look nice. It’s encouraging to see excellence without extravagance.

Mediocracy breeds indifference. It leaves the message that no one really cares. When visitors sense that no one cares, they’re left to ask “why should I care?” Every aspect of our work should be done with excellence. God is excellent. His name is excellent (Ps. 8:1); His Greatness is excellent (Ps. 150:1); His work (Deut. 32:1-4). Everything about God is excellent. We should all strive for excellence. Striving for excellence is striving to be like God.

King David wasn’t allowed to build the temple, Solomon would do that. But David got everything together. David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands. Therefore now I will make preparation for it.” So David made ample preparations before his death. Note, he said it would be “exceedingly magnificent.” Jewish worshipers coming to the temple were to bring their best, an animal without spot or blemish and the first fruits, the very best of their crops.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col. 3:23-24).