As we continue the pursuit of excellence we have to first seek to become more like Christ, to develop a deeper more intimate walk with him.
Our desire to be strong delights Him but we must allow him to teach us that excellence is a lifelong process and that He is our only source of strength. Growth occurs when we maintain our walk with God remembering that the Christian life is a process rather than giving up in frustration because we cannot live up to the perfect standards.When we focus on developing a deeper relationship with God, he begins to reveal to us what it is he requires of us in our pursuit of excellence. And one of the main things is total, undeniable, complete surrender. For excellence is rooted in surrender. He wants us to relinquish control of our lives and totally surrender
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20The above verse shows a portrait of total surrender, the verse below shows the price…
Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23 NIVAccording to Luke 9:23 I have to
1. Deny myself: put the things of God first even if it means not doing the things I want to do.
2. Take up the cross – seek to do the things that please him even if it means self-sacrifice.
3. Follow him:- follow Christ, he has left his word for us to follow.
It is only possible to do those three things when we have died to self and given control of our lives over to the one who died for us.
When Daniel was confronted with the reality of being thrown in the lions’ den he totally surrendered the situation to God. He was willing to give up his life for God… What are you willing to give up? Walking in excellence requires you to make the tough choices, to stand out when everyone else is blending in, to take on God's character when others had compromised.
Excellence sometimes requires you to give up your family, friends, life as you know it. But when we surrender our lives, our hopes, our dreams, our everything to God he has a way of working it out for our good. However he wants us to take the leap of faith and simply surrender all to him.
All to Jesus I surrender
All to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live-
Read part one and two
Check back on Wednesday for part 4 Excellence - Exemplified by Obedience (aka my area of weakness)
(Posted previously on my teen girl blog)