Sunday evening I was encouraged by a message to “Approve things that are excellent”. Often we approve things on the scale of good or bad; however, this passage encourages in us the idea of choosing the best over the good.
Have you ever hosted a meal for special guests? You probably make extra efforts to approve what is going to be served. You desire to please them with your hospitality and don’t want to send them away discontent. Their enjoyment of time is not based merely on your personality or presentation of the food and manners, but the quality of it all.
It’s like a kettle of soup….if not watched properly, stirred at intervals, it may scorch. The after fact affect of neglect: a “pot of soup” that is very dis-tasteful. In our lives, we often scorch “batches of soup” by our good choices, and leave a bad taste in the mouths of the partakers, who are looking for the wholesome truth that will fill them up.
Our living affects lives!
Are we so sold out for the gospel of Jesus Christ that we are willing to disapprove the good for the sake of the best? What a shame to present anything that causes others to stumble….or gives distaste of what the gospel really is. Excellency considers the whole presentation of life.
Daily choices are felt by those around us probably more then by ourselves.
As heirs of the Kingdom and hospitable servants of the gospel, our goal should be: ”….that we might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD,…being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God….that He might be glorified” (Is. 61:3; Phil.1:11). And in Him being glorified, the love of Christ will go forth in strength -this is proclaiming the gospel through daily living!