“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.” Daniel 1:8

How have you handled your Daniel moment? That moment where you have to choose between what the world or whatever influences you and what you know God desires you to do. Party lines, family beliefs, traditions, or church policies can create situations and circumstances where we have to choose between what may be expected and what God desires from His children. Daniel and his friends had to choose between what everyone else had conceded to do, what his current culture expected him to do and what God had established for him to do. Many of us succumb to the pressures of such choices with far less consequences. Fear from being different, fear of what others think and fear of taking a stance that may seem unpopular can and quite often causes followers of Christ to sway off course.

I believe we are in such a time as to where the church can rise up and be the light God has called us to be. In a time where many individuals are looking for something or someone to follow and believe in we as the church can be an effective tool in leading them to Christ. This is the time where we as the body should be ready and willing to be different, to be willing to be set aside, not worry about being peculiar and above all else allow our light to shine for Christ. They are so many hurting folk, confused individuals, lost souls and individuals wandering aimlessly through life (the harvest is plentiful) just waiting and looking for hope, healing and the feeling of belonging. This is indeed a Daniel moment for the body and how we respond is truly a matter of life and death for many souls. Will you play your part in such times as these? How will you choose in your Daniel moment? Are you willing to be selfless or are you selfish?

“Keep Pushing The Stone!”
Christopher A. Pender, Sr. MHS
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