Still More

1 Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more (1 Thessalonians 4).

The other day I heard where a professional basketball player, after shooting rather poorly in a road game, did something unheard of in his profession: still in his game uniform, he immediately went to the other team’s practice court to spend another hour working on his game. When someone offered to retrieve the basketball for him after each shot, he refused, saying he didn’t deserve such treatment after playing so poorly. Now, what makes this particularly interesting is that this player is expected to receive this year’s MVP award in the NBA!

Here is a man who is so highly skilled at what he does that he will most likely receive the Most Valuable Player Award in the most elite basketball league on the planet—and yet knows he can “excel still more” at what he does. Now, at our very best, are any of us even remotely close to spiritual perfection? Can we all not “excel still more” in our efforts to follow our Lord Jesus and “please God” like He did?

Lord, help us This Day to at least try still more, even if we do not excel. Amen.