Demand excellence and be willing to pay for it
The price can be high for serving the Lord. Our brothers and sisters in the 1st century were willing to pay the price. They knew the price that they were going to have to pay for living and serving our Lord. When John wrote about the seven churches in Asia, we know some were willing to pay the price, but many were not. What church are we? What person am I? The rewards are great, if we are willing to pay the price. If we really look at the cost of serving the Lord, is it worth it? “I am coming quickly, hold fast to what you have so that no one will take your crown.” Revelation 3:11.
Commit yourself to constant self-improvement
We will never reach perfection, but we should never stop trying to improve. There is always something we can improve on. We do need to commit. Remember what Christ did on the cross. Our answers on improvement are all found in the Word. “But seek first the kingdom of his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33.
Swing for the fence
There is an interesting story about Babe Ruth. In one of his last appearances at bat he pointed to the fence and said I am going to hit a home run, he did. He set out to do something and he did. Have we set out to do something and forgot the fence? We need to do our best to do what we set out to do. If we say I am going to be a light to the world for God, are we doing that? Swing for the fence and do it. “You are the light to the world, a city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14. All saw Ruth point. We can point also.
Don’t flaunt your success, but don’t apologize for it either
Be thankful for the abilities our God has given us. God gave us these things to be used. The song goes this way, “This little light of mine I’m going to let it shine” One of the verses says this, “hide it under a bushel – NO!”