Being in a less can make you a mess,
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You have to top up your less and become the next,
Because it’s a necessity that you be the best,
It just got to be all round excellence!
Above is just a little rhyme on what we are about to discuss. What do we understand by the term : Excellence?.
According to the Oxford dictionary, Excellence means the quality of being extremely good i.e completely good (no but in your ability). I will describe excellence as the quality of being completely outstanding and outshining in a particular area.
Excellence makes you incomparable to your colleagues. It sets you apart from the crowd. You are outstandingly different from others. Let’s go biblical and take a cue from the life of Daniel.
The scriptures in Daniel chapter 1 told us of how the Babylonians captured the city of Jerusalem easily. It was recorded that it was the Lord who gave Jehoiakim into the hands of King Nebudchadnezzar. Let’s go further, King Nebudchadnezzar must have had people (young men and women) that were serving in the palace court but he decided to choose from the children of Israel at that time.
Surely he had a criteria for choosing them which would lead us to the qualities expected in an excellent life.
So, study below, some 5 qualities expected in an excellent life.
1. An Excellent Life Should Be Blemish-Free
An excellent life should be a life without blemish(sins). No evil character found in you.You have to possess virtues worth describing even as a Christian Student.You are not the one to be found indulging in evil vices like stealing, sexual sins, cheating, falsehood and the list goes on and on.
2. An Excellent Life Should Bespeak Royalty And Nobility
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be born by blood into a royal family. Mind you as a Christian, you have been born again into a family of divine royalty.You are joint heirs with Jesus, the son of the King of kings and the Lord of lords . 1st Peter 2;9 says “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” So therefore royalty is needed to be excellent, you have to be part of God’s family by accepting Jesus into your life.
You don’t expect a person from the kingdom of darkness to outshine a prince or princess of light, no it’s not DONE!
3. An Excellent Life Should Possess Knowledge and Wisdom
Being knowledgeable is very important on the journey to excellence. Scholars say “the greatest disease one can have is that of ignorance”.
Even the bible told us what God said about ignorance ”My people perish because of lack of knowledge”. Knowledge throws light on a darkened matter. As Christians, the devil usually robs us of our rights when we are ignorant. If we are not aware of our royalty, we cannot harness the potentials given to us as princes and princesses. Proverbs 4:7 says ”wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding”. James 1:5 also says “if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of god that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given to him”. Study to show yourself approved a workman that needs not be ashamed…Read the word, books , your study notes always.
4. An Excellent Life Must Be Responsible And Faithful
To exhibit excellence, you must prove yourself responsible and committed in all doings. Be found doing something worthwhile and useful. Our father in the Lord, Pastor E.A Adeboye once said ”for God to use you, you have to be productively engaged”. How will you just sit in a place and keep lazing about and expect God to make you excel. Excel my foot!!! Don’t wait for a task to come up before you become responsible. Develop your innate and God-given strengths and abilities. Excellence requires service. Either in school, church , home, wherever you find yourself, prove yourself worthy. Do your part!!!
5. An Excellent Life Should Be Able To Choose Right
The bible tells us in Daniel 1:8 ”but Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the King’s meat”, having all the characteristics listed above and still making the wrong choices would still make you lesser than excellence.
You might just be good but not excellent. The choice of Daniel paved way for him even in the eyes of the chief of the eunuchs. This singular act of choosing right helped Daniel and his friends to stand out even in the midst of their contemporaries. A display of God at work.
The lord blessed them with so much wisdom and knowledge such that they were ten times better than all the astrologers and magician sin Babylon. The astrologers were actually good but they were found to be ten times lesser. Life is a matter of choice. De 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
The choice to be excellent is in your hands. Allow the Holy Spirit help you make the right choices. The grace of God is made available for us to tap into.It’s important we know that, Excellence is a must for us as Christians(students).
Unbelievers shouldn’t be leading in our departments because we have all it takes to lead. Have you been faithful in your walk with God, your studies and in your daily life. yet you feel you are no where near excellence, check your life for whats missing and let the Holy Spirit refreshen you. If there isn’t, keep trusting God, don’t be weary(your season is here!)And if you haven’t surrendered your life to the Lord Jesus.my dear you cant have access to this yet, You need to do so right now. Confess your sins to him, ask him to forgive you and wash you clean with his blood. Then tell him to help you in this new journey you have started with him. Congratulations!!!Now to everyone, remember:
, Excellence is a must for you!
, you must stand out!
, You are not ordinary!.
Something great is inside of you,
its waiting to be birthed#
See you as we ride on in excellence!