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God chisels on those who allow Him to do so in order to conform us into the image of His Son.
Mark 7:37 – And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He [Jesus] has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak. (NKJV)
Psalm 8:1 – Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your Name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens! (NKJV)
God not only created and completed what He started, but He also took time to examine His creation.
We see 4 things about God which are the fruits of the Spirit of Excellence:
2 Corinthians 3:18 – But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (NKJV)
2 Corinthians 3:18 – And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. (AMP)
Now, if we want to conform to His image, it is a good idea for us to find out what His image is?
Daniel 5:12 – Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation. (NKJV)
Here’s an important thought: the spirit of excellence will not just fall in your lap.
Daniel 1:8 – But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. (NKJV)
Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. (NASB)
Mediocrity, averageor just getting by are the biggest enemies to the spirit of excellence.
Mediocrityis too expensive and will cause you to fall way short of God’s destiny for your life.
If you don’t examine your life and identify those areas that are plagued with average, you will never grow.
Proverbs 22:29 – Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men. (AMP)
You have to not only be excellent at work, but it must permeate every area of your life.
Or, when you walk through church, and you see a piece paper on the floor, what do you do?
There was a time when there was little need for written, legal contracts because a person’s word could always be trusted.
Tippingin restaurants is another example of the lack of excellence in Christians.
Daniel 1:20 – Whenever the king consulted them in any matter requiring wisdom and balanced judgment, he found them ten times more capable than any of the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom.
Daniel 6:3 – Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel's great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire.
Challenge # 2: Take inventory of every area of your life and see if you are settling for mediocrity and average in any area.
Striving for excellence will help you to fulfill the potential that God has placed on the inside of you.