Glorifying God in your Work

Growing up in a religious culture can cause us to become inoculated to the meaning of certain religious words, especially if the words are used more in a religious context than in non-religious ones. “Glorify” is one of those words. It’s easy to gloss over the word and miss the full significance of the word.

Dictionary.com defines “glorify” as:

  1. to cause to be or treat as being more splendid, excellent, etc., than would normally be considered.
  2. to honor with praise, admiration, or worship; extol.
  3. to make glorious; invest with glory.
  4. to praise the glory of (God), especially as an act of worship.
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Jesus’ Work-Related Excellence

In John 8, the scribes and Pharisees bring Jesus a woman caught in adultery.

The scribes and pharisees did this to attempt to trap Jesus. (v. 6)

It’s a trap because the penalty for adultery under the Old Testament law was death, but if Jesus agreed to impose the death penalty, He would get crossways with the Romans, who alone reserved the right to impose the death penalty.

If Jesus showed mercy and didn’t apply the Old Testament law, then the scribes and Pharisees would have grounds for accusing Jesus before the Jews of not following Old Testament law.

Jesus’s response to this conundrum demonstrates He knew the law much better than those who attempted to trap Him: ““He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (v. 7). It is easy to read this too quickly as Jesus abrogating or superseding the law with mercy, but I do not believe that is what is happening here. Continue reading “Jesus’ Work-Related Excellence”

Learning Excellence From Jesus

Copyright (c) Gregory Scott
Copyright (c) Gregory Scott

John, the disciple of Jesus, recounts Jesus’ first miracle.

It happened at a wedding reception. They wedding party had run out of wine.

Jesus finds out and asks the servants to fill six thirty gallons jars with water.

Then Jesus tells them to draw some out and take it to the headwaiter.

The headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, and not knowing from where it had come, takes the bridegroom aside and says, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much wine to drink; but you have kept the best until now.” See John 2:1-10.

Interestingly, John goes out of his way to comment on the quality of the wine Jesus produced. The miracle should have been news enough, but John emphasizes how good the wine was that Jesus made. Continue reading “Learning Excellence From Jesus”

Why Excellence Matters

excellentI’ve always been drawn to excellence.

I’ve always admired the best writers, filmmakers, athletes, and lawyers because of the quality of their work.

Before Tiger Woods was publicly exposed as a pursuer of pancake waitresses and porn stars I was one of his biggest fans.

I don’t think I’m alone. There is something in our nature that is drawn to excellence.

Marketing firms recognize this. That is why, for example, the best athletes get the best  endorsement deals.

Have you ever considered why we value excellence over mediocrity? It is so intuitive it seems silly to ask the question.

I believe it is intuitive because, as image-bearers of the Creator, the desire for excellence is imprinted on our souls. Notwithstanding the corrupting influence of the Fall of Man, the echoes of the image of God can still be heard in our hearts. Continue reading “Why Excellence Matters”

On Peyton Manning & Cobbling

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I don’t watch much pro football these days.

It’s not because I don’t enjoy it. I just takes too much time.

Sunday night, however, I did take the time to watch Peyton Manning’s debut with the Denver Broncos. I watched because I love excellence.

Manning did not disappoint. He played a great game. Even having sat out last season injured and starting back with a new team and offense, Manning showed Sunday night why he is regarded by many as the greatest quarterback ever. It was a joy to watch someone perform so excellently.

On Friday afternoon, my associate and I were on our way to court when he mentioned he needed to go to the shoe repair store to have some work done on some shoes. I then began speculating about what it would be like to be a cobbler. Continue reading “On Peyton Manning & Cobbling”