Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Excellence in Ministry (Part 2)

Colossians 3:23 (KJV) What WHATSOEVER YE DO, do it HEARTILY, as TO THE LORD, and not unto men.

I Corinthians 10:31 (KJV) Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or WHATSOEVER YE DO, do all FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.

Malachi 1:13 (KJV) …ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: SHOULD I ACCEPT THIS OF YOUR HAND? saith the Lord. But cursed be that deceiver…. which sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing…

As you read the scriptures you get the idea that “good enough” is NOT good enough when it comes to honoring God. When Solomon was building the first temple, when Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, or when Ezra was rebuilding the temple, their desire to give God their best fueled a spirit of excellence. Even when the average person brought their sheep to be sacrificed, only the best was to be used. Anything inferior was rejected.

In response to His holiness and greatness, our attitude towards God should be to pay tribute to Him with the best we can offer. I’m not talking about performance-based perfectionism, but rather an attitude of excellence that permeates all we do in church and in our personal lives. After all, what we do as Christians reflects on the Christ we serve.

We at PCC have “institutionalized” this Biblical precedent as a church-value to live by. We strive to do our best in ministry and pass this value along to all our staff, volunteers, workers, and attenders.

Yesterday we looked at the Children's Ministy of PCC. Tune in tomorrow as we profile another ministry in our church that exemplifies this standard of excellence.