GOD DIDN’T REST ON HIS LAURELS, YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER!
…The first thing God said was “let there be light” and there was light. After God’s first attempt of creation, God did not allow Himself to be overly confident or assume that His first attempt was His best attempt. His drive for excellence pushed Him to reexamine His product despite the fact that He is God. In verse 4;
“And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”
I see a progression in excellence in this passage. After God’s due process of examination of His product:
- He discovered that the light He created was good.
- Despite the fact that the light was good, excellence demanded that God looked for a point of improvement on His product.
- God saw the need for the light to be improved on.
- The point of improvement was that, God noticed that every light carries a form of darkness in it or shadow.
- Since light and shadow go together it is clear what the next point of excellence should be.
- The light has to be separated from the darkness.
God has already done a great job through the spirit of excellence in this story. But because excellence has become automated in the nature of God, He could not afford to rest on His laurels. So despite the fact that He had already separated the light from the darkness, the nature of excellence demanded that He began to improve on His best effort. His next action was, to give an identity to the light and an identity to the darkness. Hence he called the light Day and the darkness Night. That is a totally different product entirely.
God goes beyond this. The Spirit of excellence does not leave you satisfied. It keeps on pushing you to become better, to improve yourself until you push yourself to the limit. From the Day and the Night, God created yet another product called Evening and Morning. Leading us to yet another product, the First Day of the Week.
If you continue to read this chapter one of Genesis, you will be exposed to a lot of truths about the qualities of God in regards to excellence. Even God could not do without excellence. He had to put Himself through all the rigors that excellence demands. Listen friends, even God could not escape the requirements and the demands of excellence. That is why, the conditions of excellence are universal to every profession and in every human endeavor.
If you can pay the price of excellence in any given area of life then you will be able to produce the same performance almost everywhere you go. The request and requirements of excellence are almost the same in all spheres of life. Let’s pursue excellence, not minding what it will cost us. The rewards of it are much more glorious than the price you pay for it.
Excellence has a way of distinguishing you later in life. Excellence has a way of elevating, like nothing else does. Excellence promotes. Excellence decorates. Excellence puts an ointment upon your head. Ladies and gentlemen let us dedicate ourselves to a life of excellence.
Thank you for joining us on this series on excellence, we hope you were richly blessed and informed. We would begin another exciting and life transforming series tomorrow. Please don’t miss it!!
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.