Excellence Series, part 7 of 7 (click here for the introduction and links to each post)
In this series I have marveled at the inconceivable excellence of God, seen how thinking excellent thoughts leads to life with the God of peace, warned that an obsession with excellence can lead to paralysis, outlined the more excellent way, encouraged you to encourage others when you see their excellence, and observed the excellent life of Daniel.
But after all of this, true excellence is still out of reach.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” ~Romans 3:23
Or is it?
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” ~2 Peter 1:3-4
“called us to his own glory and excellence”
“that you may become partakers of the divine nature”
And staggeringly simple.
The God of all glory who cannot abide anything less than perfect excellence
looked at man who esteems excellence
and tries to achieve excellence
but never comes close
and traded our filthy attempts
for His perfection.
That means me:
God saw that I, in all my striving, could never obtain excellence.
So He gave me His.
I accepted this gift once, when I was a small child.
But am I accepting it today?
Because I need it today.
Will you accept the gift of His divine nature?
Whether it be for the first, fifth, or five-hundredth time – you need it today.