When Good Enough … Is Not


I spent 30+ years in government service and it was not uncommon to hear someone say “good enough for government work.” The implication was that it was sufficient to do some bare minimum; that we were not paid enough to do really good work.  And I suspect that this sentiment is not unique amongst government workers.  We do our jobs good enough to stay employed and stay out of trouble, but see little reason to do any more than that; after all, doing my job better is not going to increase the size of my paycheck, so why bother.

Unfortunately, that attitude can easily creep into other areas of our life, including the church.  How many times am I elected for some position in the church and do not give it my all?  Or do not take the time to learn how to be as effective as possible? Could it be that I think God is satisfied with getting less than my all?

As a church, how often do we encourage that way of thinking?  It seems like too often we are satisfied with anything we can get from our members. Too often we elect someone to a position with no clear expectations and with no available training, and just hope that they can make something happen. Is it any wonder that we so often just spin in place, going nowhere and accomplishing little.

Would we really have that attitude if we followed Paul’s admonition in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.“? Or would we try to do the best that we could in service to our creator and redeemer? As believers and servants of Jesus, we should never be satisfied with “good enough.”

Doing our best requires desire and commitment.  Desire to do our best, to be pleasing to the master, and to improve in our knowledge and skills in the tasks given us. I would encourage you to never become complacent with your current abilities; constantly seek to improve them, to give better service to God.  Training can come in many forms including mentoring, classroom training, on the job training and book learning.  Ministry Grid provides another way to get training.  See the Ministry Grid post linked above or contact the OBA Leadership team at Leadership@olympicbaptistassociation.org for more information about this training opportunity.  Don’t be satisfied with “good enough.”  Instead, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed” (2 Timothy 2:15).

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