Spirit of Excellence

“There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.” (Dan. 5:11-12)

The phrase “excellent spirit” was only used in the book of Daniel, but it’s really what the Bible describes as “faithfulness”. Notice that this quality of character offered Daniel more than skill or favor with leaders of nations… it offered him favor with God. God promotes and rewards faithfulness and people who have faithful hearts! So, a spirit of excellence is the key to promotion according to the Word of God.

Here is an example of that in action:
“Servants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.” (Eph. 6:5-8)

Now, most of the people reading this are not servants, slaves, or masters, but this can also relate to an employer, an employee, or a person who is under the authority of another. The Scriptures say to serve those over you “with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ” (Eph. 6:5). In other words, Christians should look at their work as serving Christ, not people. One of the things about an excellent spirit is that instead of looking at people as your source, you need to see God as your source. And this passage of Scripture goes on to say that “the same shall he receive of the Lord,” meaning God will give back to you what you have done for Him.

What About You!

If you aren’t being promoted, if you’re being passed over, if it seems like everybody else rises and you just stay the same, it’s possible that you don’t have an excellent spirit. Maybe you’ve allowed a bad attitude, discouragement, fear, or stress to dominate you. But you need to know that your attitude determines your altitude. You cannot rise any higher than the image and the way that you think on the inside. Now, you can’t control other people or circumstances, but you can control the attitude that’s on the inside of you.

Matthew 25:23 says that to be made ruler over much, you must be faithful in that which is least. That includes being faithful over the private thoughts and secret intentions of your heart. Like Daniel, you can choose to have an excellent spirit. You can choose to be faithful! If you do that, I promise you, you will be promoted… not just at your employment, but also in your family, among your friends, and in your neighborhood.

And Remember… God is looking for those with an Excellent Spirit! (2 Chr. 16:9)

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