The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. [Proverbs 13:4]
There are countless verses in the Bible that encourage us as Christians to aspire for excellence in everything. However, I think we as a culture have shied away from this in many ways. Christians are supposed to be humble and meek, void of selfish ambition and pride. Somewhere along the way I think that we may have confused excellence and taking care to do our best as something that is way too wordly for us. I do not think that if you were to be the best at something this would mean you are prideful. I actually think that you would be fulfilling something the Bible calls all Christians to do. In some cases, Christians are very familiar with the idea of excellence so much so that it has become an overwhelming need for perfection and a debilitating sense of striving. I think there is a sweet spot when it comes to this, and it can only be reached when we are rooted in truth.
God loves you no matter what you do. You do not have to earn His love. If you fail, you will not lose His love. God has gifted you with specific gifts and talents. You do not have to hide these or be ashamed of them. You should use them to the best of your ability in order to bring God glory. If you are not particularly gifted at something, you should still work at it with all you have. I believe that we as Christians should be the best we can at whatever we put our hands to because we have the Holy Spirit inside of us. If you are creative, you have access to the most creative being in all of the world. When you are studying, you have access to more self control, discipline and focus than people who do not have the Holy Spirit. There are so many more examples I could write about with this, but I think you get the picture. We have the Holy Spirit inside of us who we can call on to strengthen us and refresh us.
I think the biggest mistake that Christians make when it comes to excellence is believing that God doesn’t care about what we do or the little things. The truth is that He cares so deeply. When we are diligent with the task He has set in front of us or even something that we just choose to do, it pleases Him so deeply. As a Christian, everything we do bears the name of Jesus. This is not something that should induce pressure. I think it is something that is motivating. Even the smallest of things can carry His name and His love to those around us and the truth is that doing something for the glory of God is actually so fulfilling to our souls.
God, thank You for every good thing you have put inside of me. I ask that you would help me to always be diligent with what You have put in front of me so that it would be for Your glory. Amen.