11th, December 2016
Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
What can a make a man so relevant that he outlives governments and rulers? If you are Daniel, then the answer is excellence or quality work. Daniel was a captive of war in the land of Babylon. Ideally, as a slave he was to be used for menial and degrading jobs; forced to work to his bones till the day his frail frame can no longer withstand hard labour or at very best he was going to be a chief servant at an obscure place. Skill and intelligence made him worthy of being part of King Nebuchadnezzar’s training program but it was excellence then made him emerge the best at the end of the training program; insomuch that in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king consulted him, he (the king) found him ten times better than all the [learned] magicians and enchanters (Magi) in his whole realm (Daniel 1: 20 AMP). Excellence wasn’t done with him though, Daniel would remain relevant to different governments over the span of about seventy years.
The need and place of excellence in our jobs or assignments cannot be overemphasized. Excellence is about producing jobs that are outstanding or of high quality. It is producing the best out of the available resources. Being swift in executing a project is a great trait. However, in addition to being swift we must also produce excellent jobs. Each job must have a ‘wow’ factor. It must be such that others would marvel at the end-product of any process we are part of. We must hate and despise average jobs as much as we hate/despise evil.
As new creatures in Christ we have only two possible grades in the Kingdom’s ‘work grading system’. When the Father commanded Moses to build the tabernacle, He sternly warned him (Moses) to ensure that everything was done exactly as was shown on the mount (Exodus 25: 40) and then later, He plainly told him that if an altar were to be made contrary to the pattern given, such an altar would be considered as polluted (i.e. unacceptable) (Exodus 25: 27). Thus, any job is either excellent or unacceptable (mediocre). We do not have ‘average’ in our Kingdom.
Also, do note that our scripture of focus does not speak of excellence as a direct description of Daniel’s work; rather it speaks of excellence as a description of Daniel. ‘He had an excellent spirit’, the scripture says. The excellence of his task/performance was a product of the excellency of his spirit. We don’t ‘try’ to do excellent jobs. No, it is not a struggle or a great challenge/hurdle. Excellence is already brewing in us; we are designed to be excellent. All we must do is let that excellence flow out of us and impact our work and those around us.
You carry excellence on the inside, let it manifest!!
Heavenly Father, thank You for depositing excellence in me. Thank You for giving me the spirit of excellence and making me excellent. I choose to let excellence manifest in the works of my hand. I choose to always produce outstanding results. I choose to live in the reality of my excellence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Ecclesiastes 9: 10 Every time you find work to do, do it the best you can… (ERV)
Leviticus 22: 20 But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68