Have you ever heard the expression – “BEST IN CLASS”? What do you think it means and how do people use that expression?
- (after some discussion, summarize with something like this)
Well, those are great comments. In the simplest terms, “Best in Class” means that most people agree that a product like a car or a special service like the way you’re treated at a fancy restaurant is the highest level of performance – there’s no better performing car or no better restaurant to eat at in terms of being consistently excellent.
I would like to be known as “best in class” at my job or in school. That would mean no one does my job better than me and no one is working harder and getting better grades than me at school. This is important to me since I’d be able to help a lot more people by doing my job so well and by being able to help fellow students understand their lessons.
- Do you think it would be possible for one of you to become “best in class” at school? Why or why not?
- If you could be the very best student, would it take a lot of hard work, studying all the time and making sure you did all your homework on time?
- How about Olympic athletes or professional sports stars – did they become best in their respective sport by by being skilled and practicing a lot? It took a lot of hard work!
So how does being best in class relate to Trail Life’s motto – Walk Worthy?
When we walk worthy, we’re trying to perform at the top of our game with regard to God – we’re putting time and effort into our relationship with God so that we understand His expectations, and we show our appreciation of the Love He gives us.
In Philippians 4:19 it says “God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” How do you feel knowing that God is willing to meet all of your needs? It makes me feel really good to know He loves me and will take care of me.
In Colossians 1:9-10 it says “…we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;…” That phrase “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” is a reference to our Motto “walk worthy”. God takes care of us in a lot of ways. To say thank you and to get to know Him better, we try to do our very best. In a small way we aim to become “best in class” when we aim to “walk worthy” of the Lord.
Of course we may not become “best in class” and we may make bad choices from time to time. Still our motto is a reminder to keep trying to show God how much we love Him and are grateful to Him for creating us, helping us, and protecting us.
Can anyone suggest ways we can walk worthy of God?
- (go to Sunday school to learn more about the Bible, come to Trail Life to learn about helping others and then doing the work to serve others; etc.)
Walk Worthy, Trailmen!