Luke 15:11-24

“11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. 17 But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ‘ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.

21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.”

The above scripture may be long but worth reading. I will start exploring the truth in this passage from verse 17, “he came to himself”. The journey to excellence begins with identity; you need to discover your identity in Christ, because it is who you are that determines what you will attract and what your status in life will be.

Secondly, “I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him” – nobody said that to him, he said it to himself. A sense of responsibility is the price of greatness; he made a decision and prepared a presentation. After you have discovered your identity in Christ and in life, you need to make a decision to become all you have identified to be. Furthermore you must have a strategy or way of approach to achieve your destined position. It is not sufficient to know the things of God but to understand how to work them out.

Thirdly, “And he arose” – there is no use sitting idle when you can rise up and act on your plans. Nobody becomes great by what they plan to do rather they become great by what they actually do; you need to be up and running with your plans. Once you have gotten your approval from God and you have accepted your identity, wait no more. Take action and stay committed to your line of action.

The story went on to state that his father saw him from afar and ran towards him and embraced him. God will always meet you halfway on your journey to lead you to the top. When you show commitment God is bound to show up for you.

You need to first get off the starting point, continue with unwavering commitment and then your efforts will be rewarded with excellence.

In conclusion, the road to excellence entails the following; identity, decision, planning, preparation/presentation, corresponding action and divine assistance. You can’t ignore any of the above steps and excel. You need to take each one and apply yourself to it. I see you rise and rise in Jesus mighty name!


For further Study

Mark 7:37, 2 Thessalonians 3:10

Personal declaration for the day

I will take practical steps to excellence.

Questions for you to reflect on

What corrections are you making to your lifestyle?

What are you giving up to go up?