Excellence or PRIDE?

Biblically, “excellence” is having an abundance. Abundance of resources, abundance of spiritual power, abundance of talent, etc that allows you to “excel” or “go beyond”.

However, when you seek to exclude or exalt yourself over others that have less “abundance” than you do… It’s not the pursuit of “excellence,” it’s the promotion of “PRIDE” and superiority.

Read James 2 and Read Matthew 25:14-30 and 1 Timothy 6:17 and Romans 12:16

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

Spiritual wisdom will always result in natural wisdom and excellence. But natural wisdom without spiritual wisdom will always end in confusion and destruction.

Natural wisdom is valuable, but spiritual wisdom is infinitely more valuable.

This is why natural wisdom should always first be used in the worship of God. Lucifer turned his wisdom into the worship of himself. So God gave people like Bezaleel and Solomon the spirit of wisdom, to employ it to construct a temple.

Hearts moved by excellence move away from the cross

People whose hearts are moved by earthly excellence tend to quickly move their hearts away from Jesus Christ and the Cross.

1 Corinthians 2

2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.