“But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”
Excellence is defined as being of the highest standard. In other words, it means that you do everything first-class. You never treat anything as if it doesn’t matter, but you treat everything as the supreme thing that you can do. A revival of excellence is certainly needed among believers, especially when it comes to dealing with the LORD’s work.
Three times in the Book of Hebrews you will find the phrase, “more excellent.” A “more excellent name” is found in Hebrews 1:4. A “more excellent ministry” is found in Hebrews 8:6. A “more excellent sacrifice” is found in Hebrews 11:4. God is very interested in His people being “more excellent.” In other words, being excellent is not enough with God, but He wants us to be more excellent. Let me give some thoughts about the phrase, “more excellent.”
First, excellence is an attitude. You will never achieve excellence for God if you don’t expect excellence in all that you do. Your attitude towards the things you do for God or in life should be to expect nothing short of excellence. If you are passive about what you do, you will never achieve excellence. An attitude of excellence is not something you are born with, but it is an attitude you choose to have.
Second, excellence is an expectation. God expects His children to set their standard to excellence. Notice that God doesn’t suggest that you have a standard for excellence, but He expects you to live to a standard of excellence. You will never live to this worthy standard until you first choose and expect nothing short of excellence.
Third, a more excellent attitude means that you can always do better. “More” is the key to these phrases. God is always happy when you work to achieve excellence, but those who have the attitude and expectation of excellence always find some area where they can improve what they are doing for God.
Fourth, excellence is deserving because of whose name and ministry we represent. Jesus obtained a “more excellent name,” and He established a “more excellent ministry.” The ministry you are in is not yours but God’s. The name you represent is not yours, but it is Jesus’ name you represent. It is understandable that excellence doesn’t have to be the expectation or standard if you represented your name or ministry, but because you represent something greater than yourself, anything short of excellence is not good enough.
Fifth, excellence takes sacrifice. We are told about having a more excellent name and ministry, but then God talks about having a “more excellent sacrifice.” Why does God leave the sacrifice at the end? He leaves sacrifice at the end because you will have to sacrifice personal pleasures to achieve excellence. Nobody has ever risen to excellence without sacrificing time and energy to get there.
My friend, what will separate you from anyone else is if you are willing to be “more excellent” than others. When you are willing to do more than excellent is when what you do for God will rise above everyone else. Don’t be satisfied with good or excellent, but expect to do more than excellent and you will rise above any other ministry or competitor in business.