Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
Success Strategies (Part 30)
Excellence
And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.
Daniel 1:20 (NKJV)
I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.
Daniel 5:14 (NKJV)
Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent Spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.
Daniel 6:3 (NKJV)
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
1 Corinthians 9:24 (NAS)
Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings.
Proverbs 22:29 (NKJV)
We serve a God of 'Excellent greatness' (Psalm 150:2). 'He has done excellent things' (Isaiah 12:5). 'He is excellent in power, in judgment and abundant justice' (Job 37:23). He set the standard of excellence, and we are to reach for Him and it. How? Like Paul:

'Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 3:12-14).

We press on. We press forward. We reach up, and He reaches down. We practice, and He perfects us.

Consider Daniel and his friends in Babylon. Their mission? To rise in a foreign culture filled with idol worship. It ruled the world at that time. Upon examination, the king describes these young men of God as 'Ten times better' (Daniel 1:20) than their reigning competitors.

Consider actors, models and talent for Christ in Hollywood. Their mission? To rise in a foreign culture filled with idol worship. It rules the world at this time. Upon examination, will its kings find them ten times better than their reigning competitors?

Only by excellence in performance as well as character. Therein, excellence is a success strategy.*

To Be Continued...

* 'I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me' (1 Corinthians 15:10).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies (2013) series.


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