“If you do not plan to live the Christian life totally committed to knowing your God and to walking in obedience to Him, then don’t begin, for this is what Christianity is all about. It is a change of citizenship, a change of governments, a change of allegiance. If you have no intention of letting Christ rule your life, then forget Christianity; it is not for you.” Kay Arthur
Daniel Was Committed
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.
Daniel who was taken as a captive by King Nebuchadnezzar in 605 B.C. had a close relationship with the Lord and an uncompromising commitment to his faith.
The first test that Daniel faced was with regards to food and drink. Even though Daniel was of a very young age and would have had the natural desires to enjoy the best food, he refused to compromise the standards that God had set. This was because the food brought to the king’s table had been consecrated to idols before it was served and this kind of food was forbidden under the Mosaic Law.
Daniel was not alone in his commitment to follow God and to keep His commandments. Together with his three friends, Daniel made a sacrificial act of faith as he asked to only eat vegetables and drink water. The young men chose to sacrifice the benefits of living in the king’s palace than to comply with what they knew was to enjoy the pleasures of sin.
After three years of intense education at the Babylonian palace, they faced their final test. They had to go before the king and demonstrate how much they knew. And to the king’s surprise, for every question he asked, these four men were found to have ten times more wisdom than all the others.
Where do you think that kind of wisdom came from? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Daniel and his young friends were blessed with such wisdom because they had committed to serve God in total obedience.
Can we also show such commitment to God? Are we influencing the world or are we being influenced by the world?
I come to You in Jesus’ name. I pray that my heart will be fully committed to You so that I will be able to overcome the world just as Daniel did. May I be a positive influence to others and enjoy the great blessings that You have in store for me. Amen.
God bless you,
Theo and Manju