13 Calvary Crew Conversation
13 Calvary Crew Conversation- August 11-17
An Excellent Spirit: Cultivating a Spirit of Excellence
Scripture Reference: Daniel 6:1-5:
“It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom; 2 and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss. 3 Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. 4 So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. 5 Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”
Main Idea: There is something significant that God wants to do in your life that is specific to you. Daniel had every reason to give up and make excuses for his circumstances in which he had no control over, but rather, he chose to excel. Just like Daniel, in order to live a life of excellence, you have to choose an excellent spirit in the ordinary routines of life. God called us not to do the hard stuff, but the impossible! The just live by faith, not by sight. God is calling us to do things that others cannot even see. If we are not careful, we may allow comparison to rob us of excellence. Excellence is not perfectionism, but it is doing the best with what we have. Instead of developing what God has placed in us, we often imitate what someone else is doing. However, you were not created to be a copy, but an original. We cannot put God in the peripheral of our lives by focusing on the past or thinking too far into the future. Excellent people take advantage of today and make it extraordinary because they believe that God works in the “suddenly.” God is the God who suddenly intervenes in our lives and is not limited to time.
Question: Share a story of a time where God suddenly intervened in your life or in the life of someone you know.
In order to cultivate a spirit of excellence, we must build:
1. A Routine of Preparation
a. Person of prayer
Daniel 6:10: Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.
b. Person of detail
Luke 12:6-7: “What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
We were created in God’s image and He is a God of details. We see this in the beginning with creation and all throughout scripture. We must have the humility to ask questions and the discipline to follow directions. We must also value practice. It was not luck that hit the forehead of Goliath.
Question: What is your routine when facing difficult situations? Do you typically choose peace over panic and prayer over worry?
2. A Routine of Purpose
a. Get comfortable with the resistance
You have to let your purpose prevail in your routine so that you do not get off track. This is done by being comfortable with resistance.
b. Fix your attitude
Daniel was determined to have a good attitude in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. You have the ability to set the tone. If you don’t like the atmosphere, shift it. We are called to shift atmospheres and set the tone.
c. Be willing to serve
2 Kings 3:11: But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?” An officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.”
Closing Thoughts: Why don’t people choose excellence? Oftentimes, when you choose excellence, you become a target for criticism. Anytime you succeed, you become a mirror of others failure. Many times, we limit ourselves because of our family and where we came from. However, it might run in your family, but it does not have to run through you. Choosing to be excellent has the power to break strongholds in your life, but it will require a commitment to a routine of preparation and purpose.
Call to Action: Based on who you want to become, what routines do you need to develop to start? What one habit can you make that will help you cultivate a spirit of excellence?