If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.

Couldn’t be more clear. Not only with these two gifts, but with any spiritual gift that we’ve received, we should do it to the best of our ability. This means taking time to read and study and learn from others. This means evaluating how we do what we do, and trying to improve it. This means always looking inward at how we can do things better.

The kingdom of heaven is clearly, therefore, an uncomfortable place for those of us who just want to serve “good enough” instead of serving “well”.

God, may we always strive to do what You’ve gifted us to do better and better. May we always try to learn and grow and improve, so that we can serve your people diligently, with excellence, and with honor and glory going directly to You!