“Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” (Proverbs 22:29 ESV)

Our anchor scripture is a popular portion of scripture that some of us have memorized and have been used outside the church to motivate.

As children of God, we shouldn’t shy away from places of influence, but to get there, we’d have to be prepared. Excellence prepares us to stand before kings.

Abraham was self-content with his life and wealth, but God sold him a compelling dream (Genesis 15:5). When God told 11 disciples to go into the world and teach all nations (Matthew 28:19), that was a compelling dream. God has sold you a compelling dream, now, you have to develop the boldness and capacity to do it.

“Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king.” (Daniel 1:3-5 ESV)

Like Daniel, to stand before kings, you would have to be skillful and diligent. Before you seek access or an audience, build competence. Excellence brings access.

A life of excellence also makes you memorable. In your field or ministry, you should be first in people’s minds when they are searching for excellence. Let this be one of your goals, if it isn’t already.

Jesus blew people’s minds in His ministry because His message and delivery were excellent. He challenged age-long theories (Matthew 5:43-48), made critics speechless and even His enemies marveled at his authority (John 7:46). Seek to create lasting impact that transcends time. If you birth things from your spirit, time will continue to catch up to it.

As a diligent person, you become irreplaceable. David was referred to as “worth a thousand men” (2 Samuel 18:3), and was therefore protected at all costs. As you build yourself up in diligence, it becomes hard to replace you and you’re able to make more impact.

Dear believer, excellence is a must, not an option. Your faith should not be an excuse for things not working out. It should be the very reason they are.

“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13 ESV)

The Spirit of God is an excellent spirit and because He lives in you, you can do well, all that He has called you to do. Lean on him for strength today.

Bible Reading Plan
Luke 5:33-39, Philippians 2:19-30, Psalms 119:145-152, 2 Kings 12-13