EXPERIENCING EXCELLENCE IN LIFE - PART 4
Praise the Lord!
We are once again privileged to see another brand new week, where every form of weakness in our lives and around us shall be destroyed.
Having gone through some forces that guarantee excellence in life such as vision, diligence, discipline in the previous weeks on this platform; this week we shall be exploring the Force of SACRIFICE! As Jesus said;
“17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”- Jn 10:17-18
Recognize that every race in the pursuit of excellence will always require a dimension of sacrifice. This is because sacrifice is a major factor if you must end up as a star in your journey to excellence - 1Cor 15:31/2Tim 4:7-8
But what is Sacrifice? Sacrifice is simply the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone.
From the scripture above, for Jesus to attain excellence in His assignment on earth, He went through diverse sacrificial stages and eventually had to sacrifice His life.- Jn 10:17
Dr. David Oyedepo once stated: "Sacrifice is the scar of stars".
Therefore, understand that every star you see today with excellence paid the price of sacrifice yesterday.
What more is sacrifice?
While diligence is doing your best, sacrifice is stretching yourself in doing beyond your best so as to realize the unimaginable.
Excellence realization will always place a demand of not just doing your best, but becoming restless until that excellence is actualized – Phil 3:14
As it is written, "But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!" - Luke 12:50
Sacrifice is trading your rest today, to securing your best tomorrow in the pursuits of excellence in your area of desire. - Hebrews 12:1-2
Demands of sacrifice
- Good understanding of your pursuit of excellence– Pro 15:14/ Pro 20:5
- Identify specific acts of sacrifice required for excellence in that adventure– Lk 14:28-31
- Absolutely give yourself to their demands - Luke 9:23/ Phil 3:12-13
- Be selfless and restless in your pursuit - 1Cor 15:31
- Absolute dependency on God - Psalm 62:5
- Patience – Heb 10:35-36
As you follow this simple guide, expect God to empower you to lay all down to experience excellence in life and the full realization of his preordained counsel for your life.
Remain ever blessed!
Jesus Is Lord!
David O. Adebayo