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Daniel distinguished himself by his excellent qualities of character and work habits (Dan 5:12,14, 6:3). Could this be said about my disposition and lifestyle? Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48).
The animals for the OT sacrifices were to be of the highest quality – this was to foreshadow the perfect sacrifice of Jesus in our place (Lev 1:3; Deut 15:21; Mal 1:8). We also should give God our best, not the scraps or what is of poor quality.
Endeavour to excel
might (Eccl 9:10; 1 Tim 4:12). What we do should reflect the nature of God who does all things well (Mk 7:37).
The Bible also challenges us to excel in correctly understanding and applying its message (2 Tim 2:15). After Paul had explained the spiritual gifts, and said “eagerly desire the greater gifts” he stated “And now I will show you the most excellent way”, the way of love (1 Cor 12:31, 13:1).