If Jesus was your teacher, would you do your best in your school work, or if Jesus was your boss or employer, would you work differently? Ponder that for a moment. My guess is, many of us have not placed those thoughts in our minds during school or work.
Which is more rewarding? Just getting by and passing, knowing that you could have done much better or…doing the best that you have, knowing you gave it your best effort? If we took a survey, the probability that most students would consider the latter most rewarding, would be overwhelming.
Yet, it is very easy to put minimal or just enough effort on school work or a job. Adults struggle with that attitude all the time. It is only natural that young people struggle with the same things. Most times it comes down to our attitude. Often talent is a small part of the accomplishment. If you can control your attitude and pursue excellence in anything you attempt, there is no telling what you will accomplish or how well you will be treated.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23). From the truths of Philippians 2:3-8, we are encouraged to have the same attitude as Jesus, who made all of us more important than Himself by obediently going to the cross to die for us. He gave His best for us so that we could spend forever with Him.
Consider how the world would be if Christians gave our very best in the way we lived. Our goal would simply be to bring honor and glory to God. Every homework assignment, every little job we would have, would be done to the best of our ability.
I wonder how many people, because of selfishness and unwillingness to pursue excellence, have cheated the rest of us from perhaps the cure for cancer, less wars, being less prone to discouragement and suicide by an encouraging word or act of kindness or simply making our day better. The list can go on and on. The point here is many people in history have not reached their potential of what they truly could have been because their attitude was terrible, and the rest of us were affected by it. Do not be one of them!
How we work and take responsibility will not only affect our own life but the residual effect impacts others. Think of someone who did not do their job to the best of their ability and it caused you to pick up the slack made by that person. Have you ever been part of a team where a teammate did not give their best, their maximum effort and you lost, or even caused an injury to one of your teammates?
What we do speaks louder than our words. Your ability to influence others is in correlation to how you treat others which include how you work or take responsibility. Pursuing excellence, to give your very best opens opportunities for you to speak into the lives of others. People will listen to you if excellence is your attitude.
Work your very best at everything. Keep figuring out the question of why God created you and then passionately pursue that with all your heart. You will certainly be then pursuing the same attitude Jesus had.