January 2-Excel

January 2-Excel

January 2: Excel


Scripture Lesson: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7


Today is the birthday of Edgar Martinez. Martinez played his entire career for the Seattle Mariners and was known primarily as one of the great designated hitters in baseball history. In his 18-year career, Martinez had a lifetime .302 batting average with 2,247 hits, 1,219 runs, 309 home runs, and 1261 RBIs. Martinez was a great teammate and set an example to his teammates by just how hard he worked to excel in the game.


In our text, Paul is writing to the church at Corinth and challenging them to participate in an offering for church members in Jerusalem, who were facing persecution and living in poverty. In challenging them to give, Paul also reminds them to excel in everything: faith, speech, knowledge, complete earnestness and love – as well as excelling in the grace of giving. It is important for us to excel for God in everything we do each day. God expects our very best in the classroom, with our families, on the field, and in serving Him. For us to excel in the game, we have to put in the extra work to be the best we can be. For us to excel for God, we have to give the same effort … the best we have. When it came to us, God gave the best He had when He sent His Son, Jesus to the world. Since God gave His best for us, we must give our best for Him.

  1. What does it mean to you to give your best to God?

  2. Does God always get your best? Why or why not?

  3. What extra work do we need to put in with God?

We will excel in the game of baseball when we put in the time it takes to improve in the game. It may mean taking extra BP, fielding drills, or working on those pitching mechanics to excel. For us to excel with God we need to put in the extra effort to be all that God needs us to be for Him. He gave His best, He deserves our best!

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