10 … But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more … (1 Thessalonians 4).
Paul began this chapter with this same exhortation to “excel still more” and here repeats it just a few sentences later. He uses these words in no other epistle, to no other people. They are words that all need to hear, yet perhaps he knows that only the Thessalonians will take it as an encouragement, and not criticism.
Some athletes can be pushed along by their coaches with continued urges to do better and to get better, while others become discouraged by such instruction, having become satisfied with their accomplishments and desiring only praise and adulation.
Lord, You are worthy of our very best, and that best can always be improved. So help us This Day to be like the Thessalonians, who do not mind being told again and again to excel still more. Amen.