(Extremely Outstanding in Details & Performance)
“But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” (I Corinth 12:31)
“Excellence in Service/Ministry” – spirit of excellent by which to maximize your talent or gift with sound intelligence, competence/skills, character or temperament for profitability.
The Spirit of Excellence
“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 5:3)
“Excellence” is defined by Oxford Dictionary as
“The Quality of being Outstanding,” or
“Being Extremely Good.”
There is a higher level of excellence that God expects for us to exhibit, regardless of our geographical location and economic situation. Christian life requires us to function by God’s excelling standard, a culture of excellence for its maximal results.
Mediocrity is completely out of the operations of God’s given ministry. There is no place for a lazy mind and slothful hands in God’s kingdom. “Excellence in Service” is not for the mediocre; neither can anyone be hypocritical in the organization of life, and the operations and administrations of ministry.
The Scripture says, “… because an excellent spirit was in him (Daniel), …” Because Daniel possessed “the Spirit of Excellence” that was why he was able to manifest the spirit. He operated in the spirit of excellence, for God had given Daniel “the Excellent Spirit”. “… God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” (Daniel 1:17)
This is another dimension of God that people are yet to maximized, which Daniel had and he demonstrated it in every opportunity he had even in a strange land. It was very obvious both In and Upon in all engagements and services of Daniel in Babylon, and his interpretations before the king. You cannot possess the uniqueness of God and not become outstanding in life and ministry.
“Excellent Spirit” does classify people for classical operations with irresistible and remarkable proofs. What an exceptional spirit!
“… was in him.” Is a spirit of distinction? It is not an outward thing, but an inward virtue. It does manifest itself from inward to outward.
“The Spirit of Excellence” is a distinct expression of God’s image in individual. This excellent Spirit is the expressive image of God in person who is on assignment with God and for God, which was demonstrated by God in the creation of the Universe and man. “Excellence in Service” begins with the Spirit of Excellence. It is a residual thing – an indwelling Spirit. There is an unusual inspiration of God for EXCELLENCE in life, ministry and business. No one can literally excel in life and ministry without being endowed with the Spirit of Excellence.
“The Spirit of Excellence” generates the ability, the capacity, and the mechanism requires in you for the extremely outstanding results you desire for in ministry or business. For every “good” and “perfect gift”, and every “excelling idea” and “great dream” or “inspiring vision” comes from God. And in God there is no invariably. From my personal experience, the more I set my affections on Him and increase in His knowledge and understanding is the more I draw endlessly and without limits from that “fountain of Life”. God is the “Fountain of Excellence”.
“The Spirit of Excellence” is given by God to whoever He will. When you are privileged to have experienced Him, and then you allow the “Excellent Spirit of God” to have root in you actively or operationally. The Lord Himself begins to process you into its dimension through ticks and thins of life; and making you to become the actual substance He has always desired you to be.
Beloved, walking in the realities of excellence keeps transforming you to become the excellent, of “Who You Are”. This unusual and strange experience does not come by fasting and prayer only; and it is not transferable by laying-on of hands. It is rear experience that individuals must go through for substantial and lasting results.
Unusually, through the below paragons of virtue God bestows or gives the “Spirit of Excellence” to His people for service:
- the demonstration of the fear of God,
- a contrite or broken heart,
- strong determination of the heart,
- diligent in service,
- creative and intelligent mind,
- an organized mind,
- ability and capacity to serve in a given opportunity,
- a faithful service,
- a purpose-driven mind,
- quick understanding,
- a people-oriented servant,
- sacrificial-giving heart (seeking not his own),
- a willful and obedient heart,
- a different (exceptional) spirit, (uncommon passion),
- aspiration for excellent and the best,
- and steadfastness in the Spirit.
“The Spirit of Excellence in Service” is being characterized by:
- Vision – the ability to see, think or plan the future (a vivid mental image of the future will or could be like).
- Faithfulness – to remain loyal and consistence or steadfast.
- Trustworthiness – able to be relied on as honest or truthful.
- Truthfulness/Honesty – the quality of being realistic or true to life.
- Purpose-Driven – having or showing determination on something.
- Quality Control – a system of maintaining standards in production by testing a sample of the output against the specification.
- Outstanding Performance – a process of performing a task or function excellently.
- Discipline & Focus – the controlled behavior resulting from training and a clear visual definition (concentrating interest).
- Integrity (High Moral Standard) – the quality of having strong moral principles.
- Dynamism (Effectual and Intensity) – a system characterized by constant change, activity, or progress, and positive in attitude and full of energy and new ideas.
- Right Attitude – a settled and prosperous way of thinking or feeling about something.
- Strong Commitment – the quality of being dedicated to a cause or activity. It is an obligation that restricts freedom of action.
- Productivity/Fruitfulness – the quality of being productive. Or the effectiveness of productive effort.
- Diligence with track records – persistent work or effort with carefulness (showing conscientiousness in one’s duties).
- Stewardship and Accountability – an act of looking after someone’s investment, or to manage another person’s property. Being skillfully responsible and faithfully accountable for something that is not yours.
Other Characteristics are:
- Responsibility to Growth and Development
- Consistence & Perseverance
- Planning (Action Plans)
- Effective Communication
- Fervent Prayers
- Giving & Sowing
- Impartation – Raising Others (Mentorship)
- Partnership or Networking
“Excellent Spirit” in Service or Ministry recognizes and promotes unity in diversity in an Organization or a Body, as stated by Apostle Paul in I Corinth. 12:1-11, 12-27
Paul Addressed the Misunderstanding in Services:
There are issues which the Corinthian church misunderstood, They include:
- They misunderstood the manner in which the Holy Spirit works through individuals, because of that they abused the use of spiritual gifts in their services.
- They misunderstood the proper public use of the gift of tongues and it often confused the order in their meetings.
- They also misunderstood the power of the Spirit, viewing gift-operations of the Spirit as a compulsive possession, negating the will, as stated in
I Corinth 14:32, which says, “The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.” The word “Subject” literally means ‘to stand under’. It actually suggests ‘subordination’, ‘obedience’, or ‘submission’, ‘subservience’, and ‘subjection’.
It is very important to know and understand that ‘the divine gift of prophetic utterance is put under the control and responsibility of the possessor’.
Apostle Paul really dealt with some issues (problems and disorderliness) in his letters to the Corinthian church by showing them the need for varied and multiple manifestations of the Spirit in chapter 12:1-
- The need for loving spiritual gifts though they were in diversity.
- The need for unselfish motives in the manifestations.
- The need for self-control or discipline in use of spiritual gift.
- The need for keeping an orderly manner in service.
- The need for keeping an edifying manner in corporate church services.
Immediately Paul introduced Three Guiding Principles that distinguish the ways of the Holy Spirit works in individual, different from paganism.
The Three Guiding Principles are:
- The principle of conscious control unlike paganism; that the power of the Holy Spirit does not drive people into wild compulsive acts, or make one to behave disordered. His gentle dovelike ministry strengthens human personality, He empowers human dignity, He does not overpower.
- The principle that Christ is glorified. Therefore, all manifestations of the Spirit will harmonize with the truth about Jesus Christ.
- The principle of creedal faith. The main work of the Holy Spirit in individual that believes in Christ is to bring people under the lordship and authority of Jesus Christ, as the Lord and Savior.
Unity In Diversity
“Excellent Spirit” in church ministry recognizes and orderly allows the operations of the spiritual gifts in diversity, particularly in a corporate service where the lordship of Christ Jesus is accepted and adheres to. “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member, but many.”
“Excellent Spirit” recognizes the value of each member in the body for Service “If the foot should say, Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body, is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body, is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”, nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable on these we bestow greater honor, and our un-presentable parts have greater modesty. But our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it. That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” (I Corinth 12:12-27)
“Excellent Spirit” appreciates the Usefulness of each member in the body. Each member of the body plays its own role and function to keep the body harmonized, healthy, active, and fulfilling. All members are interconnected or interrelated and responsible to each other in nature, in vision, in operation, and in service; including those internal members which work for the same purpose.
- “the foot” – what is the significant of feet in the body?
- “the ear” – what is the significant of ear in the body?
- “the eye” – what is the significant of eye in the body?
- “the hand” – what is the significant of hand in the body?
- “the mouth” – what is the significant of mouth in the body?
- “the internal members” – they are equally significant in the body, if not more.
NOTE that we have both External and Internal members of the body.
In God’s kingdom there are Diversities of Services
Kingdom “Service” is actually rendering selfless help or assistance to a helpless person, or a group of people in need, either in the church or outside the church. “Service” is defined as the action of serving people in need with what you have as a steward, regardless of their status in life – their situation and circumstances; which usually aims to provide better quality of service. Though there diversities of services in the kingdom of God, but the same Spirit of God operates in all ministers of God. The Scripture says, “There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.” (1 Corinth 12:5,6)
Most times in different versions of the Bible the word “Service” is used inter-changeably. For instance: the word “Ministries” is used as “Services”, and the word “Activities” is used as “Working”. However, the “Activities” of our “Ministries” are by-products or manifestations of an approved Commission of the Lord for the profit of all. Apostle Paul, identified a spiritual gift or ministry as a supernatural ability bestowed on an individual by the Holy Spirit, not as a heightened natural ability. Therefore, each “Gift” is a manifestation of the Spirit, that’s, the visible evidence of his activity through us.
The Holy Spirit gives these “Gifts” to whom He will as the occasion recommends from the spiritual viewpoint. The essence of spiritual “Gifts” is to “Service” the needs of the people – Body of Christ.
These NINE “Gifts” actually specify the varied distribution necessary for a full manifestation of the Spirit.
For to one is given the “Word of Wisdom” – is a spiritual utterance at a given moment through the Spirit of God, supernaturally disclosing the mind, purpose, and the will of God as applied to a specific situation.
And to another the “Word of Knowledge” – is a supernatural revelation of information pertaining to a person or an event, given for a specific purpose, usually having to do with immediate need through the same Spirit.
To one is given “Gift of Faith” – is a unique form of faith that goes beyond natural faith and saving faith. It supernaturally trusts and does not doubt with reference to the specific matters involved. It usually comes directly by the Spirit as a substance. The above three “Gifts” are categorized as Revelation Knowledge Gifts.
To another “Gifts of Healings” – are those healings that God performs supernaturally by the Spirit; the gift is related to healings of many illness and disorders.
And to another “Gift of Miracles” – is a manifestation of power beyond the ordinary course of natural law. It is a divine enablement to do something that could not be done naturally.
To another “Gift of Prophesy” – is a divine disclosure on behalf of the Spirit, an edifying revelation of the Spirit for the moment – I Corinth 14:3,30; a sudden insight of the Spirit, prompting exhortation or comfort.
To another “Gift of Discerning of spirits” – is the ability to discern the world, and especially to detect the true source of circumstance or motives of people.
To another “Gift of Different kinds of Tongues” – is the gift of speaking supernaturally in a language not known to the individual. The plural allows different forms, possibly harmonizing the known spoken languages of Acts 2:4-6, and the unknown trans-rational utterances in Corinthians, designed particularly for praying and singing in the Spirit, mostly for private worship. – I Corinth 14:14-19.
To another “Gift of Interpretation of Tongues” – is the gift of rendering the trans-rational (but not irrational) message of the Spirit meaningful to others when exercised in public by the same Spirit. It is not the translation of a foreign language. Note that none of these “Gifts” require a “public” setting, although each may and should be welcome in corporate gathering of believers. The above six “Gifts” are categorized as Power Gifts.
Above all, let God Almighty be the first beneficiary of your “Gift” or “Service” by serving/worshiping Him in truth and humility of heart. For the Lord is the Giver, and unto Him every “Gift” or “Service” will be accountable to. Always give praise and glorify to God for whatever “Gift” or “Service” you’re given for the equipment/building and edification of the Body of Christ on the earth.
In the same Spirit, Paul the Apostle went further to list out available “Services” or “Ministries” which God has appointed in the church of Christ. “And God has appointed these in the church: first Apostles, second Prophets, third Teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, help, administrations, varieties of tongues” – (I Corinth 12:28)
“And He Himself gave some to be Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, and some Pastors, and Teachers.” – (Ephesians 4:11).
These are the “Ministries” or “Services” appointed by the Lord in the Body of Christ.
- Evangelists/Missionaries, they are known with strong passion for soul-winning, miracles, and healings gifts.
In Ephesians 4:12, “For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,…” It reveals that the task of the gifted ministers/leaders is to cultivate the individual and corporate ministries of those they lead.
- For the Equipping of the Saints/Believers.
The Greek word for equipping implies: (i) A recovered wholeness as when a broken limb is set and mends. (ii) A discovered function, as when a physical member is proper operating.
- For the Work of Ministry.
The work of ministry is the enterprise of each member of the Body of Christ, and not the exclusive charge of select leaders.
- For the Edifying of the Body of Christ.
A progress in Maturity, Stability, and Integrity; taking place in every individual member’s experience, results in the whole body’s growth (numerical expansion) and edifying (internal strengthening). Truly, the “Service” of the kingdom is basically motivated by the Spirit of Compassion (divine love). It is not about the money/wages or rewards, which usually comes with it. When Jesus saw the multitudes, “He was moved with compassion for them,…” (Matthew 9:36)
Truest compassion is only found in the nature of God. Because only God knows the full depth of an individual’s pain, need, or suffering. The “Service” of the kingdom takes the Grace, Compassion, and Authority/Power of God. Unlike the secular “works” that take physical fitness/competence, energy/ability, and mental capacity all for money or wages.
Jesus is seen in the essence of His feeling human weakness – Hebrews 4:15, fully sensing the ravaged condition of human brokenness. Christianity is a divine call to learn Jesus’ heart of compassion for people in need, a depth of sensitivity that can be worked in us through the Holy Spirit, reconditioning our hearts by the Word to be able to sense the pain of human bondage.
True love of God sees beyond the immediate and the personal, and it relates compassionately to the lost, the needy, the poor, the helpless, and the distressed. It moves more and more into the dimension of transforming individual Christians to discover the power of compassion of Christ flowing through individuals to care for and serve others.
The “Service” of the kingdom must never be commercialized for any reason. As it is written, “And as you go, preach, saying the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, and freely give.” Matthew 10:7,8 (Ps 112:9; I Corinth 2:12)
The word “Servant” emerged from “Service” The more you “Serve” God in people faithfully and humbly is the more you become a proactive servant of God in solving more problems for man. This is the reason you are called, positioned and gifted – to solve problems. Beginning with individuals around you, and your immediate community, and at your state level, and at your national level, and even at the global level.
Beloved, there is a need today to discover and rediscover the essence of our existence. Serving people in need are the most opportunity given to us by the Lord in Kings’ Trust Mission Inc, and we give glory to God for this privilege. In God’s kingdom, it is “Service” that actually defines the value or worth of a man before God, not his physical look, nor his riches or wealth, or his personal possessions.
Objectively, a faithful steward (servant) is committed to serve his master and his interests. If such a steward is given more opportunity he will give better quality of service with greater profits and rewards – a good stewardship and accountability. (Matthew 25:14-29)
(Temperament or Character)
When we put “Talents” into a right perspective, we would discover that we can enable the talented to do extraordinary things, particularly their tremendous contributions to the society. However, we should not forget to separate “what the talented can do” from “who they are.”
Obviously, the “Gift of God” is completely different from the “one who carries and manifest the gift”, that’s, personality. Jesus brought a clear distinction into that when He said to the Samaritan woman, “If you knew the “gift of God”, and “who it is who says to you”, Give Me a drink, you would have asked him, and He would have given you living water.” (John 4:10)
I enjoy you to always place value and demand on the gift of God whenever you see such a good or perfect gift being manifested by individuals. The gift or talent you value and honor is the gift that will bless you. Therefore, do not despise, disrespect or dishonor the gift or talent of God in you and in others, this is very important. Paul the apostle charged Timothy the young evangelist that “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the elders.” (I Timothy 4:14)
God-given gift or talent is residence inside individual. It is a gift, not earn. A gift is a gift. Everyone is gifted or talented in one area or the other in life, as Apostle Paul stated in his epistle to the Corinthian Church, he said, “… But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.” (I Corinthians 7:7) If God is to count our iniquities or sins – human deficiencies, we do not deserve or worth the gift of God. But God in His righteousness and mercy counted you and I worthy of His gifts (talents) through the death and resurrection of His only Son Jesus Christ.
All glory be given to God!
In the right perspective, “Talents” or “Gifts” are usually greater than their persons, meaning that God-given gifts or talents are greater than other important personal attribute of individuals, such as character, temperaments, and sound mind. The challenge is that the talented or gifted people must always rise in ability and capacity to the maximum level of their talents. This is the basic reason why some talented or gifted persons do not last in service. Because they fail to level up or build/develop their temperaments, characters or attitudes to the level of their gifts.
Therefore, “Talent” or “Gift” of man is not enough to make him successful in life. Recognizing the “Gift” of man is the starting point – the beginning of a long journey in achieving greater and outstanding things in life. Some talented people assume that their talents will always keep them in front, without realizing that if they wing it in front, other people with developed personalities will soon by pass them.
It is disastrous to be gifted and do not have a commensurate temperament, attitude and character for it. Personality, character, or attitude is the carrier, projector, and the manifesto of “Talents” or “Gifts”. God’s gift is not a respecter of persons, but persons (personalities) should respect God’s gift and allow it to manifest to the maximum.
I discovered in the course of my leadership/missions training programs across the African communities that talents or gifts are more common than the talented people. Talents are cheaper to get or have than to have a table food set. It takes processes to get a gift or talent maximized to fullness.
The process of discovering it, process of preparing yourself for it through training, process of fixing or putting it to use, process of fanning it to wheel, process of actualizing/fulfillment, process of establishing yourself for the maximum, and so on. Amazing, what actually separate the talented or gifted individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work of continuous personal development/training.
Then the questions are:
- What does it takes to maximize your “Gift” or “Talents”?
- Where does your “Talent” or “Gift” fit in?
- Where do you intend to take your “Gift” or “Talent” to?
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