5 Biblical Characteristics of Excellence
God is more interested in who you are than what you are. His will for your life is to be who He created you to be. What your job is, where you live, and who you marry is less important to Him. Those things happen as a result of who you are.
Therefore I believe that you are called to be excellent in your heart (character), and from that will flow excellence in your job, marriage, and all areas of life. Excellence begins in the heart; you cannot be ordinary in your heart and extraordinary in your life. Similarly you will not be ordinary in your life if you are extraordinary in your heart. As you seek to pursue excellence, consider the following five characteristics of excellence that are often overlooked.
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).
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