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Personal Excellence

Randy Skeete

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Randy Skeete

Evangelist and revivalist from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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  • December 28, 2014
    9:45 AM
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00:00 Let’s bow our heads and pray. Our Father in Heaven, we thank you God, for your love. We thank you for this day you’ve given to us and for the freedom to worship you in this country and for this conference where service to you is being emphasized. I ask you, dear God, as my Father, and in the name of Jesus, my brother, put Your words in my mouth, put Your spirit in my heart, bless everyone listening I pray, but bless not only us, bless the sessions run by other speakers, that everywhere something is going on Your name may be lifted up and Your people blessed. I offer this prayer from my heart in Jesus’ name. Let God’s people say amen and amen.

0:57 My presentation will be on the subject of personal excellence or you can just say excellence. Excellence is a spiritual quality. We tend to reserve religion and religious behavior with Sabbath, the church. Spirituality is not something you do on Sabbath. Spirituality is a way of life so that everything you do is an expression of who you are. Ellen White says business and religion are the same thing; education and religion are the same thing; recreation and religion are the same thing. We need to understand that. Excellence. Ecclesiastes 9.

02:10 I usually ask for three favors. Let me tell you what they are while you’re looking for Eccl. 9. If you have one of these, let me set the example, please turn it off. This is a small session, if you need it for Ellen White’s writings you may leave it on but you don’t need sound. And don’t go to Whatsapp and don’t go to FB and Snapchat; there’s one in China called WiiChat, don’t go to any of those sites. That’s the reason I always say bring a Bible. When you open this there’s no Whatsapp. The devil is very clever. He’ll tell you but you have the Bible but you also have Whatsapp, e-mail, Viber, Skype. When you open this, what do you have? The Bible. So that you do not have the temptation to text when you open this, except the Bible text. When you have this you are surrounded by temptation. That’s why I plead with people of all ages, use this. When God described Job He said to the devil, hast thou considered my servant Job? There’s none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man. Here’s what God says, One that feareth God and escheweth evil.—Give me a word for eschew. (Avoid.) One of the best ways to resist sin is to avoid. That’s why I say, use this it has no Whatsapp on it. Eccl. 9:10.

04:10 Who has the KJV? Someone with the KJV read that verse for us, nice and loud; stand to your feet so the camera can catch you and make you a superstar. Read Eccl. 9:10. Who will stand with courage and read for Jesus? Some good looking people stand up and read for Jesus. Ah, here’s a good looking man, God bless you for being confident. Eccl. 9:10, (“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might”)—stop. What does the word whatsoever exclude? Nothing. What does it include? Everything. Because we’re Christians it includes everything that’s good. The verse does not mean if you’re robbing a bank do it with all your heart. It does not mean commit some immoral act with all your heart. Surely it means, the things that please God. Whatsoever you do, whatsoever your hand findeth to do—what’s the Biblical command?—Pop back up Brother—what’s your name? (Peter.) A good Bible name. Brother Peter, read the whole verse (“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might”)—why?—(“for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”)—Thank you brother Peter, are you married? You’re married? (No.) You don’t have a wife? O, sorry, may the Lord give you a wife who can cook. (laughter)    

06:11 The Bible says, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might”—who is working, anyone working? What work do you do? (office work) The Bible says to you, do your office work—how?—“with your might”—That’s not the recommendation from the Bible. That’s a command. The Bible commands us to do our best! How often? All the time! Who else works? My handsome brother, the man with the beard, you raised your hand. What do you do? (music teacher) What kind of music teacher should you be based on that Bible verse? Let me help you, you should teach music with your might. It doesn’t mean you must be a better teacher than some other music teacher. It means you must be the best music teacher you can be! 

07:26 ‘Whatsoever’—who’s in school? How many of you are in college? High School? Elementary School? Kindergarten? Whatever your level of learning this is a command from God. The Bible says do it with all your heart or your might. God gives a philosophical reason. God always has a reason whether He tells you or not. In this verse He gives the reason. Here is the reason.—You read. What’s your name? (Joseph) it’s a good Bible name. What was the name of Joseph’s wife? You don’t know? Mary. Read the second part of the verse. (“for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”) Thank you brother Joseph, God bless you.

08:50 Here is the philosophy. The Bible is saying you are headed for the grave. On that journey do the best you can because the grave marks the end and you will not have another chance to go and live your life again and make it a superior life. And so God says your life is the only opportunity you have to do your best. In other words, this life is not a rehearsal; this is it. “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave—when you are dead that is the end of your opportunity to live a life of excellence. Now the word ‘whatsoever’ means if you’re a mother, you must try to be the best mother you can be. If you’re a father, an office worker, music teacher, or college student, you are a janitor, you are a deacon, you are a pastor, you are the conference president, you are an auditor, you are an accountant—which means if you listened to Pastor Ramdin’s call to give full-service to God, you can give full service to God while being a lawyer. You can give full service to God while being a dentist. Everyone does not have to be a pastor or a colporteur or a Bible worker or a medical missionary, whatever line of service you are in you are required by God to do your best. That is spiritual behavior as much as praying and singing hymns. Expressing, listen to God, how were we made? Genesis 1:26 says what? “And God said, Let us make man after our image.” Let’s see something about God’s image. Genesis 1. Our subject today is just excellence as a general concept. Genesis 1:31 let’s learn something about God. The Bible says, “and God saw”—what?—“everything that He had me.” Eccl. 9:10, “Whatsoever thy hand finds to do” that is the same thing as everything God had made. “And God saw.” What do you understand by saw? Does it literally mean using the eyes? What do you think is meant by ‘saw?’ “God said, Let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good.” What did God do? He evaluated. He assessed. He examined and He concluded the light was good. Genesis 1:31. Someone read for us nice and loud, anyone. “And God saw everything that He had made”—finish the verse—“and behold it was”—stop. Based on that verse what conclusion can you draw about the way God works based on Genesis 1:31? Talk to me. It may not be your culture but break that culture today.—God works with excellence. How many things does God do excellently? Everything. Now Genesis 1:26 says, “And God said let us make man”—how?—“in our image.” If you are in God’s image, how should you work? Incidentally, if you are working slothfully—I am about to make a very serious statement. The universe has two standards. What are the two? And they are wrapped in two individuals. Name the first one? God. Name the other one? Satan. The Bible is a book of opposites. You either follow God or Satan. God’s way is excellence. 1 Corinthians 14:32 says God is not the author of confusion. Then if He is not the author of confusion and there is confusion then who is the author of confusion? You must always answer with confidence even when you're wrong.  Are you with me?—always speak with boldness even when you’re wrong—God is not the author of confusion. But there is confusion. Then who is the author of confusion? What’s your conclusion? Satan. Now, God is the originator of excellence. God is the first person in the Bible to work. When you read Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” that was work because in Genesis 2:1 the Bible says, “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the hosts of them.” Genesis 2:2 “And on the 7th day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the 7th day from all His work which He had made.” Work! Creation was work. That is what God rested from. How does God describe His work? “And God saw everything that He had made”—God saw His work—“and, behold”—finish the verse—“it was very good.” What am I saying? God made us in His image.

15:09 Therefore when we work, what should God look down and say? Very good! That is a reflexion of God’s image. Are you following me or are you sleepy? Excellence in work is a reflection of the glory and the character of God because that's how God worked. You go through Genesis 1:3 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good.” God saw it, it was good. God saw it, it was good. All the way down, in verse 31 He sums it all up. Everything was very good. Very important principle to take with you: excellence in what you do is divine behavior.

16:11 One way to behave like God is to do the best in what you do, that’s service to God. Let me say it again, you’re quiet, you have a quiet disposition so I’m not sure if you’re following me or not. I’m accustomed to churches where people talk back to you, shout and jump and do all kinds of little things but you just quietly like gravestones so I’m not sure what’s going on. I said, excellence in behavior, in action, in work, is an expression of divine behavior. What does God expect of His people? Does He have an higher expectation for you than for the unbeliever? Matthew 5. Our subject excellence, as an idea, a quality. Matthew 5.—I’m delighted to see those of you taking notes. You know, God is a God who writes. How many times did He speak the Ten Commandments? (once) How many times did He write them? (twice) So God is a God who writes. When the Pharisees brought that woman taken in adultery and Jesus bent down what did He do? He wrote. God loves to write. 2 Corinthians 3:3 God writes His law on our hearts through the Holy Spirit. He writes, that’s what 2 Cor. 3:3 says.

17:52 What book did I say? (Matthew) What chapter? (5) Matthew 5:46, I want a young lady to stand gracefully and read Matthew 5:46 nice and loud. What’s your name? (Melody) Melody is a good musical name. Brother teacher, here is a musical student. Her name is Melody. O.K. read Matthew 5:46 nice and loud. (“For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye do not even the publicans the same?”) Listen to Jesus, “if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?” Jesus is saying the unbeliever does the same thing. You have to do something higher. Melody, you may stay seated, read Matt. 5:47 (“And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?” do not even the publicans the same?”) Thank you, my sister. Jesus is saying if you like those who like you, you are functioning at the level of the unbeliever, at the level of the heathen. And Jesus says I want you to function—where?—at a higher level of excellence. 

19:39 I want you to notice verse 48, read nice and loud, you all know it. “Be ye therefore perfect,”—keep reading—“even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”—now we’re talking about excellence—this is a remarkable standard. Christ is telling us—because the disciples are dead, we need those words—we must be or function in such a way that we do everything we can within our human capability; as God does everything He can within His divine capability. “Be ye therefore perfect.” Perfection for the believer requires that the believer function at a higher level than the unbeliever. What do I mean by a higher level? Mark 14:8. What are we discussing today? Excellence as a general concept required by God.

20:54 Mark 14:8 a very interesting statement from the lips of Jesus Christ. The woman has come to anoint His feet before His death. The disciples criticized her. Judas said it might've been sold the ointment and the money given to the poor which really he wanted the money for himself. Here is how Jesus characterized what the woman did. Mark 14:8, what does that first line say? What does Jesus say? Nice and loud if you have the KJV—“She hath done what she could“—let me ask you a very tricky question, can you do your best and still do less than someone else? Yes. Yes! Do you agree? (Yes!) Biblical excellence does not involve competition with others. Biblical excellence involves competition with yourself. In other words, God is saying, I have given you so many talents and skills that’s what I’ve given to Melody, that’s what I’ve given to Peter, that’s what I’ve given to Joseph. I want Joseph to do the best he can with what I’ve given him with no regard for what Peter has because I will deal with Peter individually.

22:26 Now if you understand that then you do not compete in college against your friends. That is anti-God. That goes contrary to God. That is satanic to measure yourself by someone else that is not godly excellence that is satanic, that requires the elevation of self, I must outdo him, I must outdo her. God says Randy Skeete, I gave you a gift. You use it to the maximum that you can because I will judge you not by what he has but by what I have given you. Biblical excellence does not involve competition with others, it involves competition against the capabilities God has given you. How many of you wish you were geniuses? May I see your hands? Can you name someone who is regarded as a genius in the last 20th century? Einstein. Way back before Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci genius. Let me tell you something that is more valuable than genius: discipline. Discipline is that capacity to do your duty regardless of what is going on around you. Years ago Nike had a slogan, a saying—what was the saying?—Just do it. So you say Mr. Discipline, it's raining. And Mr. Discipline says? Just do it. I don’t care if it’s raining.—Mr. Discipline, there's a flood in some of the Malaysian states and Mr. Discipline says, I don't care. Just do it.

24:35 There’s a fellow who's on YouTube he exercises, he’s a bodybuilder. He has a philosophy which is very, very Biblical but uses a lot of profane language to express it. He says, when you're in the gym he doesn't care if your father died, or is dying, if your wife is in the process of divorcing you, your children are in prison, your house is burning, he says, I don’t care. All I care is it’s your set on that machine, I don't care where your wife is, where your bank account is, who’s killing your children, who’s stealing your car, it's your set. God says to you My son, My daughter, I give you capacities, capabilities, I give you strengths; now, I don't care what the circumstance is, I want you to do your best. Listen to Ellen White, God’s Amazing Grace, 263:271.2 (9-20) “The Lord expects His servants to excel others in life and character”—you may say that’s competition. It’s not really competition. What God is saying is if you are connected with Me and they are not, if you have divine assistance and they do not, who should be at a higher level of excellence? The one connected to God. So God is not promoting competition, He is saying it makes sense for someone to expect a believer to excel because the believer is associated with divine power! Excellence is a very serious concept. God requires it and He will not back away from that requirement. There is nothing in God that tolerates mediocrity, nothing.

27:19” If ye love them which love you, what do ye more than them or what reward have ye? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?” I need you, says Christ, to function at the level just like God. That is you do the best in your sphere as God is the best in His. Micah 7:18 “Who is a God like unto Thee?” There is no other god like God because our God is so excellent! And if we were faithful to God the world would be saying there is no other people like—whom? Come on don’t break my heart. Like whom?—Seventh-day Adventists. Excellent in family life, excellent in business, excellent in education, excellent in health, excellent in worship, excellent in social structure, excellent in every expression of human life. The world should be saying, who are these people? The children score the top of all the subjects yet they spend so much time in the Bible and in missionary work. How is that possible? Because they realize excellence is divinely required by God. It is an expression of Godly behavior and if you turn that coin to the opposite side mediocrity is satanic behavior; and so as you sit where you sit, God has a—let me say it differently—excellence is a moral requirement. How many of you are immoral? Raise your hand. How many of you have ever told a lie? Raise your hand. Just a little small microscopic mosquito of a lie. Just raise your hand. Okay, hands down. How many of you have ever broken the Sabbath at least once. How many of you are immoral? When you think of immorality what do you think of? Fornication? Adultery? Lesbianism? All the other –isms? That is immorality! The Ten Commandments are a moral law; from 1 to 10. 

30:17 Sabbath breaking is immorality as much as adultery. And mediocrity in our work is immorality. Anything God requires of us in our conduct has a moral side. Excellence is a moral requirement. Slackness, mediocrity is an immoral behavior. I don't want you to associate excellence with A+ and 100/100 that’s proper but the higher level is that this is moral behavior. When I perform less than I'm capable of performing, I am engaging in immoral behavior. We serve a moral God not an immoral god. My brothers and sisters, the reason why many of us are not further along is because we do not recognize excellence as a central facet of the Christian life.

31:35 Jesus said of that woman, she hath done what she could, meaning she could do no more. Do you realize the sacrifice of Christ was the most excellent sacrifice? There was nothing else God could do. God was at His highest in excellence when He sent Christ. Could He have sent an angel? Yes or no? Yes! Would that have been the height of excellence? No, that would have been a lower standard. God sent someone equal with Himself. That is excellence at its highest. You serve a God that specializes in excellence. So I go back to Micah 7:18 “Who is a God like unto thee”—Isaiah 40:25 “to whom then will ye liken Me, or shall I be equal? Saith the Holy One.” Is there anyone to whom you can compare Me? says God. And the answer is no. If we embrace this concept of excellence in every area of life the world will say the same thing about us. Early Writings 53:227.1 “I saw”—when you read Ellen White’s writings when you see, ‘I saw’— sit up, or ‘I was shown’—sit up, or ‘I was instructed.’ She said, “I saw that if the church had always retained her peculiar, holy character, the power of the Holy Spirit which was imparted to the disciples would still be with her.” Goes on to say—“The sick would be healed, devils would be rebuked and cast out, and she would be mighty and a terror to her enemies.” 

33:36 When the Israelites were coming out of the wilderness in the days of Rahab, the harlot, in what city did Rahab live? (Jericho.) Remember the spies came to her house? She hid them. She said to them just before they went to bed, we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came up out of Egypt. And what He did to the two kings that were on the other side of Jordan; Sihon and Og whom He utterly destroyed. She said, we have heard, and as soon as we had heard these things our hearts did melt. She had heard of the remarkable achievements of the Israelites, why? They were led by God they were being led by Joshua; under Joshua they were more faithful than under Moses. And she said, we are trembling because we are facing a people we cannot handle. What am I saying? If we were faithful to God as we should—excellent in everything—the world would be afraid of us. Do not get in the way of Adventists; they serve a God that will blot you off the face of the earth. If we wanted to build a church the town council would say, yes. You want to expand your school?—Yes. Why? Because we are faithful to God. But what condition do we find ourselves today? Nobody knows who Adventists are. In the U.S. I think only about 50% of the people have heard of Adventists. But everyone has heard of al-Qaeda. They are more excellent in what they do than what we’ve been called to do. 

35:26 Let me pause. When you answer speak loudly. What have you heard so far this morning? Quickly don’t make us wait. Time is flying. What have I said? (Do everything with your might.) I said that God said that. Where is it found? (Eccl. 9:10.) Someone else, what have you learned? (There’s something more precious than genius and that is discipline.) If you are disciplined in school you will succeed. If you are disciplined in your work you will succeed. If you are disciplined in Bible Study you will be a Bible scholar without having to go to the seminary. Discipline! Discipline in your exercise program you will be fit. Discipline in raising your children you’ll raise them for the glory of God. Discipline! We are some of the most ill-disciplined and undisciplined people on the face of the earth. Discipline.

36:50 What have you heard? (Excellence is a moral requirement) and God is a moral God and we were made in the image of a moral God of whom it is said, and God saw everything that He had made and behold it was very good. You and I, every Friday that comes by before we keep the Sabbath, we should look back on the week of work and say, and Peter and Joseph and Melody saw everything that they had made and behold that it was good. Then you can rest and keep the Sabbath. A person who is mediocre cannot keep the Sabbath. You can physically rest. You can’t keep the Sabbath. To keep the Sabbath you must be like God. Your work during the week must be described as your best; that prepares you to rest because you realize only God could have done more. Excellence in what you do gives you peace of mind. I have studied as hard as I could and I take the exam with peace of mind. God expects more of us than He does of the unbeliever. Why? Because we are connected to the source of all power that is God. It just makes sense. 

38:24 Remember the story of the 3 Hebrew boys in Babylon? After three years of study what does the Bible say of them? Nebuchadnezzar found them what? Ten times—and I'm getting to that when I talk about educational excellence—ten times better. That part of Daniel is not symbolic, Daniel has historic and prophetic but that part is not prophetic, is not symbolic, it is literal. Nebuchadnezzar found them ten times better. Why? Daniel 1:17 because God gave them knowledge and skills in all learning and wisdom. Why? As a reward for their efforts. My young brothers and sisters, excellence is a moral requirement. Excellence can also be a habit. The same way always being late to church and work is a habit. You can make excellence a habit. 

39:25 Excellence it is not something you do first. Excellence is not first something you do. If a bird never flies, is it still a bird? Yes or no? Yes! If a crocodile never snatches someone in its jaw is it still a crocodile? Yes! If a scorpion never stung anyone is it still a scorpion? Yes. What am I saying? Excellence is not first what you do. Excellence is?—I want some excellent person to read my mind and finish my thought—excellence is not first what you do. Excellence first is (who you are)—who said that? Ah, God bless you, nice young man, handsome fellow looks like me. Yes, excellence is not what you do, excellence is who you are! So whenever you’ve got something to do automatically you do it well. There’s a custom in the U.S.—I don’t know if it's in Malaysia—we tip for everything. You get into a cab you tip. You go to a restaurant you tip. Someone brings you something you give a tip. It is so built into the system that some people base the quality of their work based on the size of the tip. If you tip big, if I get a little tip then I put something in your food that makes you lose your mind. Not the Christian. The Christian’s quality of work has nothing to do with the tip. It has to do with his character or her character. I say again, excellence is not first what you do excellence is who you are! So if someone said to you vacuum this room. What is your natural automatic desire? To vacuum it so well that someone following you could not find a speck of dust; to vacuum so well, who alone could vacuum better? God. 

41:59 Let me tell you a story then I close this session. In African-American history there’s a well known figure named Booker T. Washington. He was a slave but he desired to go to school very badly. He wanted to learn to read and write and advance himself. So I don’t recall if he escaped or was set free but anyway he left his home in the South and journeyed hundreds of miles to a school called the Hampton Institute in Virginia, I think it is. It took him weeks. Steel rides on trains, sleep on the sidewalk, eat from garbage cans, when he finally got to the school he was in rags, barefoot, and he saw the school, went up to the window and looked in. And he looked at the students nicely dressed, all white students there, white teacher, a lady, and his heart yearned to be in that school to learn. The lady, the teacher, saw him so she came to the window, time of slavery so she said to him, what do you want?—He said, I want to go to school. She just looked at him. This is an escaped slave. Remarkably, she said to him, Come with me. She took him to a room, a classroom, and she said clean this room and then she left and went back to teach the students. When he was done he came and told her he was done. She took a handkerchief, a white one, and went to the classroom and she did that, no dust. She went under another desk and no dust. Wherever she went no dust. Wherever she went—finish it—no dust—that’s a good sermon title: No Dust—she called him and she admitted him to school on the spot. You know why? She said if that’s the way he cleans a room how well will he do in his class work? That was a statement of his character: a slave cleaning a classroom, the excellence of his work. He became one of the leading figures. He fraternized with presidents in his adult years. He counseled presidents. He set up a school. A well-known figure. How did he begin? An escaped slave who was asked to clean a room and he cleaned it with such excellence, he was admitted to school and became a towering historical figure. My brothers, my sisters, excellence is a requirement that God has placed on you. Excellence is not first what you do, excellence is who you are. Excellence is a moral requirement. God expects those connected to Him to excel others in life and in character. God’s Amazing Grace, 263:271.2 (9-20). Our Bible verse “whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might”—why?—“for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” 

45:52 And so the Bible gives the philosophy you have one chance to do well, do it. Let me tell you from my heart as your older brother, excellence is spiritual behavior. I also said, excellence does not mean competing with others. It means doing the best based on what God has given to you. That's why He said of that woman in Mark 14:8, “she hath done what she could.” Now someone else may be able to do more. The fact that you can do more does not mean God is more impressed. God just wants to know, is that more connected to the abilities I have given you? 

46:40 Any questions? Let’s take a break and we’ll do session two: Excellence in Education. I know you love that. Any questions? There must be questions. You see when you think it generates questions. When you don't have questions it means one of two things: that you understood nothing or it was so clear that there's no need for questions. Only God can make something that clear. Any questions? Let me thank you for not getting up and walking out. God bless you for cooperating. I say that from my heart, God bless you. Yes, my good brother?

47:32 (How do we know if our excellence is on par with God’s excellence?) A very good question. I don't have specifics for you. All I can say to you—what’s your name? Glen, not a Bible name but it’s a good name. Brother Glen, you must know in your heart that only you and God can know, I have done the very best I can. Have I exhausted all possibilities? Have I exerted myself to the limit? You alone can know that. God has a way Brother Glen, of speaking to the heart through the convicting work of His Spirit to let you know if you're falling short or your coming up to the mark. And so while I have no specifics all I can say is God will let you know that you have done your best in the task He has assigned you. There is never an occasion. This morning Pastor Ramdin said the best time to follow Christ is always. Now with God doing things excellent is always required. There are no exceptions, none.

48:44 Any other questions? Yes, what’s your name, my good brother? (Joseph) What’s your question? (Does imitation lead to excellence?) Depends on who you imitate. Paul told the believers to follow him as he followed Jesus. Yes, there is some place for imitation because an image imitates the original. So when you are made in God’s image you are to imitate God. You are to imitate Christ but that imitation is internal. It is organic. It is cellular.—Am I using difficult words my good translator?—It comes from the very bottom, are you following me? It’s not a surface imitation. It comes from your soul that imitation. There are some people who can stand up and imitate other people. They can talk like Barack Obama. You think you're listening to Barack Obama. Or they can talk like somebody else. That's not Biblical imitation. Imitation is not just do it right. It is almost become, so that you and Christ become, one. That’s the ultimate imitation. Imitation that is Biblical requires a fusion of two people. You and Christ become one. So Paul can say I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ—that’s the highest form of imitation. Any other question? Alright. Let’s pray and close this session. Heads bowed, eyes closed.

50:25 Our Father in Heaven, thank you so much for setting a high standard for Your people. We pray in the name of Jesus, dear God, that as a result of this presentation young men and young women will leave this place with the consciousness that it is morally required of us to do our best; it is an expression of divine behavior to do our best. Your word commands, requires, and demands whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thine might; meaning with everything we have. Please God, help that to become a reality in our lives I pray. Whether the task is small or big, public or private, whether we receive recognition or not, we must function like God and that one way Father, is to do our very best. We thank You, dear God, for doing Your best at creation and for doing Your best in salvation. Now Father, bless us and prepare us for the next presentation I pray in Jesus’ name. Let God’s people say amen and amen.  

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