Are You Excellent?

excellentDaniel had an excellent spirit.

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. Daniel 6:3

For a long time, I thought that meant he was a positive and encouraging individual. Well I’m sure he probably was but that isn’t what this setting of scripture is referencing. What it’s actually saying is that Daniel did things with excellence. NLT renders it this way:

Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire. Daniel 6:3

Next scriptures that come to mind:

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…Ecclesiastes 9:10a

A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Proverbs 18:16

It does matter that we invest in the logistics of our gifts and callings. It’s worth noting that God didn’t ask Moses to get any old jack of all trades Joe when it came time to fashion things in the Tabernacle. No, God specifically called people by name who were known masters of their craft. People who were excellent in skill.

And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. Exodus 35:30

Invest time, prayer and hard work into the dreams God has placed in your heart!

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