Scripture Lesson: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
Today is the birthday of Edgar Martinez. Martinez played his entire
career for the Seattle Mariners and was known primarily as one of the great
designated hitters in baseball history. In his 18-year career, Martinez had a
lifetime .302 batting average with 2,247 hits, 1,219 runs, 309 home runs, and
1261 RBIs. Martinez was a great teammate and set an example to his teammates by
just how hard he worked to excel in the game.
In our text, Paul is writing to the church at Corinth and
challenging them to participate in an offering for church members in Jerusalem,
who were facing persecution and living in poverty. In challenging them to give,
Paul also reminds them to excel in everything: faith, speech, knowledge,
complete earnestness and love – as well as excelling in the grace of giving. It
is important for us to excel for God in everything we do each day. God expects
our very best in the classroom, with our families, on the field, and in serving
Him. For us to excel in the game, we have to put in the extra work to be the
best we can be. For us to excel for God, we have to give the same effort … the
best we have. When it came to us, God gave the best He had when He sent His
Son, Jesus to the world. Since God gave His best for us, we must give our best
does it mean to you to give your best to God?
always get your best? Why or why not?
extra work do we need to put in with God?
We will excel in the game of baseball when we put in the time it
takes to improve in the game. It may mean taking extra BP, fielding drills, or
working on those pitching mechanics to excel. For us to excel with God we need
to put in the extra effort to be all that God needs us to be for Him. He gave
His best, He deserves our best!
Posted on Sat, January 2, 2016
by David Daly