The Spirit of Excellence is one desire God has put in my heart to pursue in 2020. It is not a gift that comes naturally but it is something that we need to pursue. We need to cultivate it into our daily lives. The purpose and motivation behind the pursuit is for the glory of God. Not for the praises and applause of men.
But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also. ~ 2 Cor 8:7
Excellence is not a quest for superiority. Pursuing excellence does not mean that whatever we do is better than others. It means being our best everyday. It does not drive us to compare ourselves with others but to be better tomorrow than we were yesterday. Excellence is giving our best with whatever gifts, resources and talents that God has given us. Be the best we can with the grace He has given us. That is honouring God.
Excellence is not limited by the nature or size of task. The task may look menial or insignificant to others but it must be done giving glory to God. He deserves our best. Simple things like making bed and be punctual for your appointment shows a lot about our character. Our motive behind our pursuit is important. We are not doing it for others to see. So even if nobody acknowledge us or appreciate us, it is ok. Because God sees our work and He reward us accordingly.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men ~Col 3:23
Excellence is kingdom. Whatever you do, do with all your mightBill Johnson
Excellence will ultimately leads to promotion. When we cultivate the spirit of excellence in our daily lives or routine, promotion is the inevitable. It is paying attention to details that results in superior performance that lead to promotion in life. But our motivation for the pursuit is to bring glory to God, not self glorification or indulgence of the flesh. This spirit is built from the foundation of having a right and intimate relationship with God.
Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other presidents and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. ~ Daniel 6:3
Pursuing excellence is an all-in pursuit in who we are and what we do. It’s not halfhearted or lukewarm. Without pursuing excellence, life is bland and boring. As we pursue excellence and cultivate it into every area of our lives, we will mature and grow to be more like Christ. God gives us this desire to love Him with all our heart, our soul and our mind. So whatever we do, let’s us be all-in!
Excellence is not lopsided. It is for the well being for every area of our lives. It does not means you focus all your energy on work and forget about resting and relaxing. Resting is essential to our emotional, mental and physical well being. Without rest we will be burnt out. However, rest is not an excuse for laziness. Balance is key. We do not neglect our health and family. Giving our best at our workplace, at home and when nobody is looking.
Be Excellent in Love
What details in our lives do we need to pay more attention to? Any new habits? We need to seek God on what He wants us to work on. But there’s one area we are all called to be excellent in. That’s is our love walk. 1 Cor 13 talks about loving others. Even if we have gifts but we do no love, we are nothing.
Let love be the reason for whatever we do. Let love leads! We love God, hence we do things that reflect our love for God. With God’s love in our hearts, we will love ourselves and others. Our actions and words will reflects what is in us.
Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way. ~ 1 Cor 12:31
And this I pray, that your love may abound (i.e., excel) still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. ~ Phi 1:9-10
And may the Lord cause you to increase and abound (excel) in love for one another and for all, just as we do for you, so that your hearts are strengthened in holiness to be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. ~1 The 3:12-13
My friends, I pray that each of us will excel in our love walk. Loving God, loving ourselves and loving others.