Posted by: SandreS | October 18, 2010

Important Principles in the Details of Life – Principle #1: Excellency (or Priority)

That you may approve things that are excellent (Philippians 1:10).

Some things in life are “excellent.” This suggests a value system. There are numerous social, cultural, economic, political and religious systems to determine value. Ultimately only the divine appraisal is dependable and of lasting value.

We are to “approve” things that are excellent. The root of this word “approve” is “prove.” We must test the things of life. If they pass the test, then they are “approved.” A divine example of excellency is love. Clearly does Paul write of love as,

… a more excellent way (I Corinthians 12:31).

This whole value system and process of approval suggests the idea of identifying the things in life that have priority, or preeminence; or as the Concordant Literal Translation has it, “testing what things are of consequence.” Some things in life are inconsequential. We must be taught of God to divinely prioritize the issues of life. This is one of the important results of spiritual growth.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
© Bible Student’s Notebook

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