Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Written by: Gina Rock
In recent years God has done significant work in my heart, helping me to understand the difference between perfection and excellence.
Perfectionism is a goal that, no matter how hard we try or how well we behave, we will fail to achieve. It’s often rooted in the pride of appearances and only serves to elevate our reputation or status. Perfectionism may bring some success in the workplace or personal endeavors, but it can be a short-sighted and misguided target.
In Paul’s letter to the church of Colossae, he encourages God’s people to aim for excellence in their work as a way to honor God. Paul later tells the Corinthians that whatever they do, they should do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). As opposed to perfectionism, excellence is a goal for which we can constantly strive. Excellence in our work might gain us accolades and recognition, but it first brings glory to God. As Christ-followers, our pursuit of excellence aims to elevate God’s reputation rather than our own. As others notice your diligence, whole-heartedness, and steadfastness, they’ll be drawn to the Holy Spirit as He works in you. What a beautiful opportunity to point others to the Father!
Thought of the day: Are there areas of your life where you are either caught up in pursuit of perfection or are settling for mediocrity? How might you shift your approach to your daily work?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that Your love and mercy are freely given to me. Let me pursue excellence in all areas of my life as a way to honor You and point others to You. Amen.