Excellence

By January 17, 2019 January 18th, 2019 Rob's Blog

I hate this statement, “Good enough for who it’s for.” Maybe that’s a new one for you, and to be honest, I can’t remember where I first heard this statement or identify a particular time someone said it. I do know it’s been said to me many, many times. In fact, worst of all, I’m sure I used it at one time or another. Why does it stir up such emotion in me? Because it is such a loaded statement. It implies that some people are not deserving of my best. It implies that some people are not worth as much as I. It implies that some people are inferior to others. This flies in the face of everything we believe about people. God thought so much of each and every person that He laid His life down for them. He values each and every person that has ever lived as much as He values you. There are no classes of people with God. Everyone of us are wayward kids that He is trying to help back to life. Paul captures this beautifully in Galatians 3 “26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  God values each person higher than any of us can possibly imagine. It’s crazy but it’s true.

Now, I get why this statement can sort of make sense in the world we live. Some people have the power to seemingly make you or break you. They can help you along in life. So, when you have the opportunity to do something for someone like that, it’s always tempting to go the extra mile. After all, by scratching his or her back, you’re actually scratching your own. Whereas, when you are doing something for someone who has either very little power to help you or none at all, why would I treat them in the same way as someone who can help me? From a world perspective, the statement “Good enough for who it’s for” makes perfect sense. But, it must not ever make sense to a follower of Jesus.

Remember this little passage that Jesus shared in Matthew 5, “38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”  This is so countercultural! Why would I do that? Because God values your enemy as much as He values you, and what was God willing to forgive to love you?

So then I guess the statement “Good enough for who it’s for” could actually work for followers of Jesus, because it would demand that we do everything we do for people so valuable to Jesus that He willingly died for them. In that case, our level of excellence would always be top tier. Take that a step further, and if everything we do is actually for Jesus, then how good is good enough? This is why one of our Guiding Principles in becoming A Place For Everyone is Excellence: Anything worth doing is worth doing right. For the follower of Jesus there really isn’t any other option.

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