2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
Proverb 8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
When God created man in the beginning and finished His Creation work, Genesis 1:31 says, “And God saw everything He had made, and, behold it was VERY GOOD….” Not just good but very good, especially good, exceedingly good, or eminently good. In our modern day speech we might say “Excellent,” or “first class.” The opposite would be to make something not very good or mediocre, second class, and second rate. We were made to be excellent and to reflect that excellence in all we do. Proverb 8:6 when speaking of hearing wisdom says, “Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.” If we are hearing from God’s wisdom which comes from the Holy Spirit and God’s Word shouldn’t there be excellence and quality in all we do?
Quality is the degree of excellence which a thing possess. I saw this on a plaque in the lobby of a business I visited and thought it was a great description of quality and excellence. “Quality is never an accident: it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” We are not called to be mediocre but to be excellent and to excel in all we are and do. Excellence requires constant examination, correction, and improvement.
Most of the scrutiny we see today in the media and social media seems overly focused on examining others and not ourselves. I remember a prophecy from a great man of God Kenneth Copeland from the eighties warning that one of the things we would have to avoid in the Last Days is developing a critical spirit. This is not always easy to avoid because we are told from Scripture to judge all things (1 Corinthians 2:15), prove all things (1 Thessalonians 5:19), and test the spirit for truth or error (1 John 4:1, 6). This needs balanced with examining ourselves and judging ourselves FIRST to make sure we have a clear perception of things (Matthew 7:1-5). Our examination should lead us to resolving to make changes where necessary. There is grace to help us make any change we need to make (Hebrews 4:16) in ourselves or in the work we do for the Lord.