The pursuit of excellence should be on every leader’s mind. If leaders do not excel, it becomes increasingly difficult for followers to excel.
Biblically, we find the idea of excellence used frequently. The apostle Paul commended the church at Thessalonica and urged them to “excel still more.”
Perhaps the most significant use of excellence is found in the writings of Peter. Christians are instructed to keep their behavior excellent among the Gentiles. Without too much detail, the idea involves Christian character in the world.
The definition of the word used by Peter surrounds the idea of conduct contributing to the salvation of others.
The thought is powerful in light of the example of excellence leaders must demonstrate. We must look at the conduct of our life and ask, does my manner of life contribute to the salvation of others? If the answer is no, then we have a responsibility to change. Spiritual leaders have been entrusted with the souls of others. We must pursue a standard of excellence in order to lead the lost to Christ and aid Christians in reaching a dedicated level of faithfulness.