Commitment to excellence is observable in people and organizations. It usually results in increased effectiveness, greater fulfillment in a team and long-term success.
The word “excel” means “to be distinguishable by superiority…” (Webster). It speaks of the desire to do one’s best and the dedication to give one’s best efforts when engaging in any task or fulfilling any responsibility.
As servants of Jesus Christ, we’re called to excellence. We should avoid sloppiness and mediocrity in all areas of life and service.
Scripture challenges us to excel:
Since you excel in so many ways—you have so much faith, such gifted speakers, such knowledge, such enthusiasm, and such love for us—now I want you to excel also in this gracious ministry of giving. – 2 Corinthians 8:7 (NLT)
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters … – Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. – Daniel 6:3 (NKJV)
What does excellence look like?
People who are committed to excellence are:
- Cooperative in their relationships.
- Conscientious in their duties.
- Thorough in their assignments.
- Positive in their attitudes.
- Careful in their speech.
- Responsive to direction and vision.
- Flexible in their roles.
- Disciplined in their personal life.
- Exemplary in their lifestyle.
- Consistent in their commitments.
- Enthusiastic in their responsibilities.
- Sensitive to God’s Spirit.
- Not containers of emotional trash or controlled by inner turmoil.
- Respectful in their communication.
- Diligent and dedicated in times of difficulty.
God gave His best to us. Let’s give our best to Him!