Excel Still More
The word, “excel”, means to be exceptionally good at or proficient in an activity or subject. It suggests the concept of going beyond a limit or standard. To excel is to be preeminent, to be or perform at a level higher than that of another or others. What does the Bible say about this word?
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
“Wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, but learning and wisdom excel in this, that they give life to him that possesses them.” Ecclesiastes 7:12
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
“But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you—make sure that you excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7
“And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work…” 2 Corinthians 9:8
“And this I pray, that your love may excel still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-10
“And may the Lord cause you to increase and excel in love for one another and for all, just as we do for you, so that your hearts are strengthened in holiness to be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
“Finally, then brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you may excel still more.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1
“… for indeed you do practice it (love) toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more.” 1 Thessalonians 4:10
In Scripture, we find the call to excel in Christian character, especially in love to one another, and in knowledge, speech, wisdom, giving, and in all aspects of our work. The pursuit of excellence comes from doing our best with what we have to God’s glory. It refers to pursuing and doing the best we can with the gifts and abilities God gives, giving our best to the glory of God. Are there areas of your life where you are not excelling or giving your best for the glory of God – think about your role as a husband/wife, father/mother, member of the Body of Christ, your work, and in your community? What changes do you need to make in your life to pursue excellence solely for the glory of God, for the redemption of your time and opportunities?
We hope and pray that you will “Excel Still More”.