EXCELLENCE I

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“But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
1 Cor 15:10 CSB

In the anchor text, we see Apostle Paul place the grace of God and hard work side by side as the reason for his success in ministry.

In this year of light and beyond, to be distinguished for good works, we need to adopt the same mindset. In this light, we would be looking at six practical tips to help us walk in excellence. Today, we will examine three of these tips.

We can find the first lesson to learn to achieve excellence in the talents’ parable in Matthew 25: 14-29. In this parable, the master gave each servant talents according to their ability and went on a journey.

The first two servants put theirs to work and doubled it but the third servant hid his talent in the ground without yielding neither profit nor interest on them. The master later reprimanded the third servant for his actions.

From this story, we can learn that God has given us resources in varying capacities and according to our capabilities for work to be done. What are you doing with what you have received? The only way to attract more is to start with what you have in hand.

Matthew 25:29 NLT says, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”

Secondly, attention to detail is necessary for attaining excellence. In everything God did, you will find attention to details even in the littlest of things. For example, when Noah was building the ark, he was given specific instructions on the height, width and length to create (Genesis 6:14-16).

Similarly, Moses was given detailed instructions about the tabernacle in Exodus 26-30. In addition, attention to detail made Solomon stand out to the Queen of Sheba during her visit to Jerusalem during his reign. He was so excellent that she exclaimed praise to God in 1 Kings 10: 6-9.

Thirdly, we cannot overemphasize hard work and effort. Like Paul in our anchor text, we must reckon that grace doesn’t cancel out the need to put in the effort and hard work. Favour would only take you a short way. However, when supplemented with hard work, you will go the distance.

Tomorrow, we will conclude these tips on achieving excellence. But, in the meantime, remember that God has mandated us to shine forth his excellencies. This is a privilege of a lifetime. We must do all we can to shine.

Bible Reading Plan
Luke 5:1-11, Philippians 1:12-20, Psalms 119:113-120, 2 Kings 4-5

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