WHY GOD HAS NOT DESIGNED ANYONE TO BE PERFECT.
…As I ponder on this paradox, I am reminded of the life of The Apostle Paul. He had the same dilemma. God’s answer to him was profound.
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2Cor. 12: 9
When you walk in a level of excellence, it indeed does not make sense for you to remain infallible because if you do, you risk being idolized. Can you imagine if someone is excellent and then perfect? He would be misconstrued to be almost equal to God. That is why God in His infinite wisdom allows some dents in the sculpture of nature. In God’s wisdom, excellence must go through trials. In God’s wisdom, excellence must survive tribulations. In God’s wisdom, excellence must have a form of weakness. In God’s wisdom, excellence must pass through failures and fallings.
“The worst to ever happen to a person who aims at the sky is to fall on the tallest mountain; the best that can happen to a person who aims at the ceiling of his room is to fall on the carpet of his floor.” ― Israelmore Ayivor.
Despite all these seemingly paradoxical characteristics of excellence, it is thanks to them that excellence is possible. Excellence endures and is sustained because of them. These characteristics make a man of excellence to be humble enough, to keep on perfecting himself. They make someone striving for excellence to keep on learning as a result of which their performances soar.
My journey as a student of excellence began in the book of all beginnings. It is called the book of Genesis, chapter one. To me, this chapter teaches us more than anything about the lesson of excellence. What is more compelling about this chapter is that, God positions Himself as a God of excellence. He opens our eyes to see that even though a perfect God, yet He does not always do things perfectly from the first attempt.
“Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.” Gen. 1:3-5
The first thing God said was “let there be light” and there was light. After God’s first attempt of creation, God did not allow Himself to be overly confident or assume that His first attempt was His best attempt. His drive for excellence pushed Him to reexamine His product despite the fact that He is God.
To be continued tomorrow with the following points:
- God pursues excellence and does not rest on His laurels
- Why everyone should be committed to pursuing excellence
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.