Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.
Unless you focus on continuous improvements, excellence can become outdated. That is why tech companies continually upgrade their offering. What was excellence two years ago, is mediocrity today.
Let us recall that Peter prior to the death and resurrection of Jesus was not short on excellence. He had the revelation that Jesus was the son of God. Of all the disciples, it was he that stepped out of the boat and walked on the water with Jesus. Why did we see such marked difference in Peter after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus? He upgraded his excellence. His excellence was upgraded through two steps. First, his knowledge of the word was made complete. Luke 24:45 records that Jesus opened the disciples understanding of the scripture after His resurrection,
The second impetus to Peter’s excellence was that he was filled with the Spirit. Ordinary men become extraordinary, when they are operating under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 3, he caused the lame man sitting at the gate beautiful to arise and walk. Peter and John laid hands on the believers in Samaria according to Acts 8:17 and they received the Holy Spirit. We also saw in Acts 9:40 that he raised Dorcas from the dead.
Based on the life of Peter, there are two keys to signing up for an upgrade. The first is to invest in knowledge, not only of the word of God but also related to your field of work or divine calling. The more knowledgeable you are, the greater will be your excellence. Second, you must make being filled with the Spirit a lifestyle. Like Peter when you do, your excellence will rise to a whole new level.
Life Application: Write down what you need to know to become better in ministry and your field of work and make it a lifestyle to live in the Spirit.
Dear Lord, like Peter let me operate in excellence. Cause me to feed on your words and be filled with your spirit. In Jesus name, amen.