“ But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.”  (Philippians 3:7-11)

Do you desire to give GOD your best?  Is there any room in your life where you’ve set aside TIME to become BETTER IN HIM?  In all the things you’ve set for today’s agenda, have you REALLY stopped to say… GOD, WHAT’S ON YOUR AGENDA FOR MY DAY?  LORD, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME TO DO ON THIS DAY?  HOW CAN MY LIFE BETTER REPRESENT YOU?

Many times we don’t like to be “called-out” on things.  We just want to go along our busy and merry little way, doing things that satisfy us, things that build us up, things that we select to do, things that build up our images before man.  We make our plans; get excited over all that is happening within our lives that “we” are doing.  We constantly CALL ON JESUS to answer “our” requests…we make them all known.  But do we ever really STOP AND SAY – Lord, I just want to love YOU in a more EXCELLENT way?  Lord, how can I love YOU more?  How can I show YOU my love?  How can I convey to YOU and the world that YOU are MY GOD?  How can I be USED to represent YOU better?

There should come a time within all of our lives when we become more DETERMINED TO BE EXCELLENT IN JESUS CHRIST, to represent HIM well.  How do we do this?  How do we ALLOW this to happen?  And not only that… WHEN will we ALLOW it to happen?  And how can we even attempt to get this to happen if we don’t LET GO of our own ways, our own selfish desires and motives?  How can we become more excellent in HIM if we don’t allow HIM to OCCUPY our entire beings, our entire lives?  Why do we hold on to hurts?  Why do we hold on to people?  Why do we think our ways are better than God’s ways?  Why is He the last one for us to think about when we’ve run out of options? Why do we deny Him?  Why do we live opposite from the ways HE has told us to live?  Why do we allow ourselves to become COMPLACENT?  Why?

God is looking for a people who will be WILLING TO ALLOW CHANGE from within where HE lives.  God is looking for a people who don’t have to have front row seats, big cars and great houses (though HE will provide these for HIS glory to be seen).  God is searching for a people who don’t have to be caught up in titles that they don’t walk in, in being the center of attention, in having great material wealth and applauds from the crowd.  God is looking for a humble people, a people who are WILLING to give Him their brokenness, a people who will allow HIM to re-kindle the Fire within.  He’s searching for an EXCELLENT breed of people, of worshipers, those who will turn down anything and everything to be IN HIS WILL.  God is searching for a people who will sacrifice it ALL to be in HIS WILL.

When we, His people, are willing to feed the hungry, to visit the sick and shut-in, to comfort the lonely, to keep in touch with those shackled! … imprisoned whether physically, emotionally or spiritually … take time for HIM … then and only then will we become EXCELLENT IN HIM.  He’s still searching for those who TRULY LOVE HIM.  He’s searching for those who when HE CALLS their names, they say … YES LORD.

Are you ready to BECOME EXCELLENT?  Are you ready to EXAMINE YOURSELF?  Are you ready to ADMIT I CAN BE MORE, DO MORE, WIN MORE SOULS TO CHRIST?  Are you ready to GIVE HIM YOUR BEST?


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