When I was in Grade 1 our teacher set us a challenge. Whoever finished a maths sheet first, with all the equations correct, didn’t just get a chocolate frog but also got a gold star on their work and it was pinned up on the board for everyone to see that they were the best, the most wonderful and the greatest.
Well, I was keen to get that prize. I didn’t just love chocolate I also wanted to be the best. But I had a big task ahead of me. Not only did I have to be the best in grade 1 but that year I was in a composite class and so I had to be the best in all of Grade 2 as well. Not only that but in my class was none other than Stuart Snell. He was the smartest kid in the whole school!
It was a tall order but I was up for the challenge. We took our maths sheet, went back to our desks and the teacher said go. Well, I worked like I had never worked before. The first few equations were simple enough but there was a tricky one in the middle that took me a little extra time. I soon finished it and worked my way down to the bottom of the page. I finally finished and lifted my head from the page. I looked around the room and noticed that everyone else was still sitting at their desk… every one except Stuart Snell!
He had finished moments before me and was already making his way up to the teacher’s desk. I followed him up and stood behind him at the desk. I watched as the teacher started correcting Stuart Snell’s work.
Tick, tick, tick… tick, tick, tick…
She got to the tricky equation in the middle and paused. She looked up at Stuart Snell and said, “I’m sorry Stuart but you have got this one wrong. Go back to your desk and try again. Then you can join the end of the line.”
I was now at the front of the line. I knew that Stuart Snell would get the equation right on the second try so I had to get it correct the first time.
The teacher started correcting my work.
Tick, tick, tick… tick, tick, tick…
She got to the tricky equation in the middle and paused.
Tick, tick, tick… tick, tick, tick.
She got to the end of the page and looked up. “Well done, Linda. You were the fastest at getting them all right.”
I was the best, the most wonderful and the greatest. My teacher put the star on the top of my page and pinned it on the board for everyone else to see that I was the best, the most wonderful and the greatest.
It was the best moment of my life up until that point!
And so, it should come as no surprise to us, that when God sent us His best, His most wonderful and His greatest that He put a star right at the top. When Jesus was born God placed a star above the stable. It was a sign for all to see that this was the ultimate gift for all humankind. He was to live the best life for us to learn how to love, how to forgive and how to worship.
And so, if we want to get a gold star from God too then we need to behave more like Jesus. For when we live according to how Jesus lived, that’s when God see us at our best, our most wonderful and our greatest.
Lord, thank you for giving us Your best, Your most wonderful and Your greatest. May we give you ours in return. Amen.
How can you give God your best today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.