This morning I was listening to one of my favorite preachers, Andrew Womack. I was really blessed by what He was talking about and really made go through introspection. Whether or not I really am striving towards an excellent spirit. Lot of times as Christians, we turn to slack behind in this aspect.
Are we really living up to the real identity that we are? Already we have this perfect and clean spirit. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, we are indeed perfect in spirit. Excellent in spirit though we may be but are we really living out this perfect spirit that we have been given? Are we living it out even when people are not watching? We turn to conform to the world system whereby we live up to it only when we are being watched. Or if you are at work, you show excellence only when the boss is around, but when he/she is not around, we just become really lenient.
I remember one scenario when I was still working at a telecommunication company where we sold benefits and insurance and offered loans. It was a huge company and a group of about 12 people had a team leader who made sure that we were being effective and making sales. It was a weekend whereby we had to go to work but normally you would find that since it was a Saturday, people would not dial and push to make sales but would sit and pretend to be dialing yet there were chit chats almost across the whole floor. So our team leader had gone out and when we he came back, he checked the statistic of the calls being made by each consultant. When he checked. I had made about 10 sales and had dialed so many times and when he checked the rest of the 11 consultants, they were far behind in dialing and far behind in making sales. He then told me that I could go home even before time of knocking out had approached.
What emphasis am I trying to make here? My team leader was not around but I did my job even when he was not looking. This is what the spirit of excellence is. I am not trying to make myself appear all goody goody but I am just trying to drive my point home with what Andrew was preaching about. Colossians 3: 23: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” See, if we would understand this concept, we would not fall short even in our work place. The amount of excellence would be staggering.
Daniel 6:3: “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.” I do believe that even at work, if we really showed excellence even when our bosses were not around, promotions would be so evident. Daniel was promoted due to his excellence of spirit. I am very sure that Daniel did not look at what the majority of people did but he acted out in excellence regardless what people would say or in what manner they behaved. Our core priority should be about executing excellence in all fields. Even in our relationships, this would set out our relationships to elevate so much if we showcased excellence even in our relationships.
I bet even the rate of divorces would drop if we carried this spirit of excellence would be carried there as well. I remember one man whom I respect so much said that he encouraged his brother to be loyal to his wife and that even if he would be unfaithful, he should make sure that he does not get caught. But it always back fired for this brother; his wife always caught him and would amount to fight after fight. My point is here, “when you cheat, don’t get caught” this is a major issue. Why can’t we be faithful and not cheat all together and let excellence play it’s part in our relationships? Philippians 1:9_10: “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ” This is what happens when we grow in love and in knowledge, we are able to see that which is of excellence. I pray that even in our relationships, we may practice this spirit of excellence. That we may show ourselves to be faithful and loyal so as to sustain long lasting relationships. It be in marriages, courtships or just plain friendship.
We need to work out this excellence in all spheres of our lives. Work. Relationships. At home. School. Every where. Just because I emphasized on work and relationships do not mean I am implying that you should not execute excellence at school or at home or anywhere else.