Proverbs 12:26 – The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
Daniel 6:1-5 – It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom;
2and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give the account so that the king might suffer no loss.
3Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
4Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.
5Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”
Excellence is a spirit and for everyone who is in Christ, excellence is given. It comes with the redemption package. The Bible declares that Jesus obtained a more excellent ministry which is steered by an even more excellent Spirit. The Bible went further to say, “…He is, so are we in this world,” 1John 4:17. This implies that we share in the same ministry of excellence with Christ! Glory! Alleluia! We have the excellent spirit.
A great preacher once said, “You do not know your worth that’s why you cannot carry your weight!”
When we realize that the same Spirit which distinguished Daniel has been given to us under a better covenant and arrangement, then our outlook to life takes an upturn. Excellence is a spiritual treasure locked away in the chest of our human spirit and we need to go on an adventure to unlock it.
The most glaring effect of excellence in the life of Daniel and anyone for that matter is a promotion! Excellence, as defined by the Spirit, churns out favour in the life of them that have it. You see, you cannot be promoted if you have not been favoured and the more robust your promotion is, the greater is the substance called excellence that is at work in your life.
It is essential that you know that Supernatural excellence is a substance that is created by the operation of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. However, the manifestation of it lies in the self-determination of the believer. In other words, it is a choice. After all, the journey of Daniel and his friends into stardom began when Daniel and his circle of friends determined and decided that they were not going to defile themselves with the king’s meat. This is very instructive as an example to those who seek to experience the unhindered flow of excellence in their lives. You must decide before excellence can be deployed in your life! Daniel chose to be excellent and we read about how he was preferred.
While the seed of excellence is undeniably resident within you, you must fan it to flame through the agency of spirited determination laced with an array of spiritual activities like prayer, confession and principled lifestyle just like Daniel and his friends did in Bible times. When these happen, your life will take a most radiant dimension and your God will turn you into a celebrity. O yes! You become a celeb because the spirit of excellence brings you out of the shadows and turns the spotlight on you while bringing glory to the name of your God. This was the testimony of Daniel.
Examples of an excellent Spirit in a church
- Showing up on time
- Faithfulness: fulfilling your responsibilities
- Being groomed
- Knowing your songs
- Picking up garbage
- Carpet vacuumed
Principles of Excellence:
- Make the original worth copying. Do it right the first time · “Many times the difference between failure and success is doing something nearly right… or doing it exactly right.”
- Invest in quality · “Excellence always endures… it remains long after cost is forgotten” · “The satisfaction of quality far outweighs the bitterness of a cheap deal”
- Do everything you do for Jesus: Colossians 3:23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
- Commit to improvement and growth for the rest of your life “I pledge to live a life of excellence according to God’s word”
- Release your faith through confession — You possess what you confess.
5 Characteristics of Excellence
Excellence cannot occur without humility. A proud man will hide his inadequacies, but a humble man will expose them and seek to excel in his weakness through the perfection of Christ. James 4:6 says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Only through the grace of God and recognition of the fact that we can do nothing apart from Christ can we succeed in the pursuit of excellence.
2. Developed Over Time
Excellence is always on, always growing, and always learning. No one is born excellent. Instead, excellence is developed over time by experience and the testing of faith. James 1:2-4 tells us that trials produce perseverance and perseverance produces faith – thus making you mature and complete.
Furthermore, excellence is developed in the details. If you do the little things diligently every day to improve, excellence becomes attainable. It’s all about implementation. Plan to be excellent, and then take every step necessary to fulfill that plan.
3. Skeptical Inquirer
1 John 4:1 says, “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God…” Excellence demands a skeptical inquirer because it is not easily blown and tossed by the wind (James 1:6), therefore enabling you to make sound decisions, pursue only things worth pursuing, and function as a trusted resource in every matter of life. By being a skeptical inquirer, you reduce wasted thoughts, actions, and ideas and focus completely on pursuits of excellence.
Excellence is not a skill – it is an attitude (Ralph Martson). Excellence is an attitude that touches every area of your life. You are called to be excellent in everything you do (2 Corinthians 8:7). True excellence means you dedicate yourself fully to everything you do, as working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23).
5. Benchmarks Against Itself
Excellence does not compare itself to others. Instead, people who are excellent benchmark their performance against themselves because they know God judges us not by our harvest but by our seed (Luke 12:48). Don’t look outward to measure your excellence; instead look inward and compare your growth to where you were in the past (Galatians 6:4).