1 Corinthians 12:31 New King James Version (NKJV)
31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. Excellence is the decision to never settle for mediocrity, to do everything well, with care, creativity and passion!
When Jesus said:“I will show you a more excellent way,” he said it in the context of discussing the gifts of the Spirit. He made it clear that the more excellent way is not only desiring and exercising the gifts of the Spirit. The more excellent way refers to a lifestyle rooted in Him and representing His Kingdom. It refers to ruling and reigning in this life over demons, sickness and poverty, ruling over mediocrity in your life.
Excellence begins on a very personal level by committing your life to Jesus Christ and appreciating what happened on the cross. It develops as you grow in your relationship with the Father and understanding His purpose and your role in it. Excellence is a natural product of living according to the spiritual laws which God ordained. It becomes inevitable when your motives are to please God and not others or yourself.
Let’s be a bit more practical. Excellence is doing more and talking less, loving more and judging less, learning more and lecturing less. Excellence is getting creative revelation from God in any given situation about how to solve problems, mend relationships, expand businesses, and bring about progress or reconciliation or beauty.
Godly excellence is a standard of quality which surpasses any earthly standard as it operates on principles which are foreign to human nature.
Worldly excellence will be to demand your rights and to be assertive to the point of intimidation. Kingdom excellence requires submission of your rights: working, loving and giving without an immediately recognizable reward.
Ps 8:1 O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
A life of true excellence can only be found in Jesus. Many people will try on their own and succeed for a while, but even young men grow weary and tired. The reliable way to ensure sustainable excellence is to commit your ways to God and to draw your strength from Him.
Isaiah 40:30-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.