What do we want others to think about when they see us? Do we want to be known as the big man, the bombshell, the nerdy brainiac, a ripped athlete, the one who “has it all,” or the best in our profession? If we are honest, we’ll admit that much of what we do and say is to project an image for our own glory. It’s not surprising either–since nearly all of our daily influences like radio, television, social media, friends and even our family—encourage us to promote ourselves. We are bombarded with the pressure to be more fit, more intelligent, richer, cooler, hotter, etc.

While there is no doubt that God wants us to strive for excellence with the talents He’s given us–what’s our purpose in it all? Is it to maximize our talents for God’s glory? Why is that so unappealing? For me–it’s because I often don’t grasp my immense value to GOD. I think I need to make myself more valuable in the sight of others. However, God values me so much He gave His only Son–just so I could know Him. Mind-blowing! HE has given me value far more priceless than the strength, beauty or wisdom of this world! Do I know ANYONE who values me more than God? He gives me life so I may shine the beacon of God’s pure and holy light to the world. The Bible says: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20) God made me priceless!

The peak of striving for excellence isn’t excessive investment in our dying body. We are given a Divine opportunity for our frail mortality to glorify immortal God! Our imperfect body may glorify God’s perfection. Today, when people look at us–will they see Him–perfected–in us?

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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