Driving down the highway I spotted several florescent-colored signs nailed to utility poles. Each sign declared a truth about God…Jesus is Lord, God loves you, Jesus is coming soon, to name a few. However, there was one sign that really caught my attention.  It read…God is Alsome. I cringed as I read it because it appears to validate those skeptics who look down upon Christians as being weak, ignorant and misguided. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the zeal and heart of the one who made that sign; but for believers, details and excellence matter because the world is watching.

Why is it important that Christians be excellent in all things and give attention to details? Because…we represent and work for our Lord. The Bible says to work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people (Colossians 3:23). Excellence for believers is not mediocrity but a higher standard. God’s work was not average and neither should ours be. The Bible says that God looked over all he had made and He saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:31). From the start God initiated excellence in the beauty of His creation and He calls us to continue it. Our life speaks of excellence when we consistently strive to model ourselves after God’s perfect character. While we’ll never be perfect like God, as believers, we should always strive for that.  Our effort is a reflection of our faith and our Lord; this matters because we are being watched by a cynical world. How we do our jobs and relate to our customers, colleagues, students, patients, vendors, etc. reveals whether our faith is genuine and transformative. We are in the world but called to be set apart from the world. When we fail to do our best, we reflect poorly on our Lord.

Your workplace challenge is to give God your very best, always. Don’t cut corners and don’t give foothold to the distrustful or those who wish to scorn your faith. Believers are called to a higher standard and must bring glory to God through word, action and deed. Do it today and do it for His glory.