July 21 - A Questionable Life, Part 7
This week Greg finished up on series titled A Questionable Life on the life of Daniel. Throughout the series we have seen example after example of Daniel living his life in such a way that people take notice of his differences. Despite being taken captive and forced to live under a narcissistic, pagan king, Daniel’s faith in his God never wavered. He refused to worship other gods, even when his life was threatened, and he faithfully prayed and trusted the Lord. This behavior really stood out in a land where everyone else obeyed the king, worshiped idols, and served their own needs.
The story in Daniel 6 is no different. This time other administrators in the region were threatened by Daniel’s standing with the king and set out to prevent him from stepping on their political toes anymore. They made a decree that during the next thirty days no one in the kingdom was allowed to worship anyone but King Darius, knowing very well that Daniel would continue to worship his God. When Daniel was discovered doing just that, they ordered him to be thrown into the lions’ den, assuming that would solve their problem.
Many of us know how the story ends – with Daniel emerging unharmed after a night with the lions – but do we know how to apply it to our lives?
If this series has taught us anything, it’s that God calls us to live a questionable life like Daniel. People take notice when we break out of the typical molds society has set for us and do something different, like loving our enemies, giving generously of our earnings, honoring our spouses, sacrificing our free time to serve someone else, or loving God above all else. When we live like Daniel does, it is attractive to other people. That opens doors for us to share our faith and bring them into a relationship with Christ as well.
In order to do that, Greg challenges us to embody these three priorities.
1. Engage People Where They Are. Understand that we are not to expect the world to come to church, but expect the church to be in the World. Bring the love of Christ to them wherever they may be, physically or spiritually.
Mark 16:15 “He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'”
2. Make Disciples. People cannot accept what they have not heard and they won’t follow without an example. Be that example!
Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
3. Pursue Holiness. Holiness is what breaks the power of sin in our lives and calls us to serve others. Embrace that call and honor Christ by continuing to grow in holiness.
2 Corinthians 7:1, “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
Make it your prayer that we are able to epitomize these three priorities in our daily lives and we will undoubtedly see God move in great ways. Now get out there and live a questionable life!