Love God, Love Excellence
Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God?—Francis Chan, Crazy Love
Even though we want excellence in the things we receive, such as great service in a restaurant, we often lack excellence in the things we do. Yet a kingdom woman understands that her unique position calls her to a high standard. She knows that God has ordained her for a destiny of excellence. But what should motivate a kingdom woman toward excellence?
Imagine that day in and day out, a mother asked her child to help with chores. She reminded him to pick up his dirty socks or load the dishwasher. One day, wanting to wriggle out of his responsibilities, the boy asked, “So what’s the one most important thing I’m supposed to do?” The wily boy figured that if he could get his mother to name just one thing, he’d be off the hook for the others!
The Pharisees, like the little boy, tried to trap Jesus in this same way by asking, “Which is the great commandment in the Law?” (Matthew 22:36, esv). No matter which commandment Jesus chose, they’d be able to nail Him for neglecting another.
His answer, however, silenced them: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (verse 37, esv). Everything, Jesus emphasized, depends on it.
What this means today is that you were made to love God. In the kingdom woman’s home, neighborhood, workplace, church, school, and community, she strives for excellence for the love of God. Love for God is, above all, the thing that matters.
1. When you wake up in the morning, there may be lots of things you don’t want to do with excellence. How can focusing on Matthew 22:37 help you set new priorities?
2. Can you name two people whom God has given you during this season that you’ve been called to love with excellence? Pray for each of them throughout this day.
God, I commit myself to loving You and loving others with all my heart, soul, and mind. Amen.
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