Would you believe that when I got my first degree, I graduated in the top 10 in my class? Really.

There were only ten students. LOL

We all like to excel, don’t we? Students strive to rank high in their class. Employees strive to be the best at their job so they can get the promotion. Businesses try to be the best in the area so as to attract the most business possible.

Everyone wants to be the best they can be.

OK, there may be a few exceptions, but most people are motivated to excel. There is nothing wrong with being industrious and setting high goals for yourself. Rev. 5:10 says “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

While many would strive to be kings, few it seems would strive to be priests. Kings might represent the secular, political or material world. The things I mentioned above might qualify as members of the kingly group. How many young boys and now girls would dream of being president? Many want the best car, the largest house, the newest and best on the market. The problem is that many get caught up in those dreams and they forget all about the spiritual areas of life.

Realizing that one day we will stand before the Lord and have to give an account, we should strive to be the best spiritually that we can possibly be. We cannot be slack in our spiritual walk. We cannot skip our time of devotion with the Lord and stay on top spiritually. We cannot miss church for reasons that we know are really excuses rather than valid reasons for missing if we are going to be the best spiritually.

We need to make sure that we are living the way the Bible tells us to and, if we do fail in some way, immediately ask God to forgive us and determine with God’s help that we will not stumble in that trap again.

We are not infallible but we need to grow stronger in the Lord day by day. As we grow spiritually, the temptations that we have succumbed to should grow weaker and have less attraction. It should be our constant desire to be more like Jesus every day.

Of course this is not a religion of works alone. We must first turn our lives over to Christ and after asking for forgiveness for our sins, trust Him to save us and make us His very own child. Then our spiritual journey begins.

It is not just a life of self improvement. The spiritual matters are what the making of a priest is all about. We will not all be spiritual leaders in a community of faith, but we do need to become spiritual leaders in our families and examples to all we come in contact with. This can only be accomplished as we are strong Christians and are being the best we can be for God.

If you have never started on the walk with Christ, I would urge you to start now. If you have been on the journey for a while but have grown lukewarm and indifferent or just been casual in your spiritual life, I urge you to make a real effort to excel in the spiritual areas of your life. Don’t allow the kingly aspirations in your life crowd out the spiritual goals. As long as you keep the spiritual things as the top priority in your life, you can go ahead and strive to be in the top 10 of your graduating class.

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