Whatever Is Excellent – Fri – 21-04-23

Have you ever been around sports fans who were discussing a recent game? Die-hard fans will often discuss their team, the games, reports of the locker room and more. If fans have a good team with a superstar, they will often recite the stats of the star player and relive the exciting plays made in recent games. Fans have such enthusiasm for their team! They declare how excellent their team is, whether in conversation, wearing apparel or affixing bumper stickers to their cars. I’ve even seen fake tiger tales hanging from cars on the freeway. The owners were fans of a team whose mascot was a tiger.

This reminds me of our purpose in life. According to 1 Peter 2:9, God chooses people to be his so that we can declare the excellencies of God. The word excellencies, sometimes translated praises, is the word we have focused on this week. Like enthusiastic fans, we should be talking about God’s qualities and actions. We should be sharing about the biggest victories of all – the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus – as well as about the answers to prayer and his hand in guiding the events in our lives. We must have enthusiasm to declare how great God is.

Of course, like sports fans, we can’t talk about him if we don’t tune in to see what is happening. Are you looking to see what God is doing in your life?

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Bumper music “Landing Place” performed by Mark July, used under license from Shutterstock.