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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
March 29, 2001

Sometimes we are inclined to think that we need to be a full-time "professional" minister, have a seminary degree, be a member of a religious order or something like that in order to have real spiritual impact. There is nothing in the Bible to support that idea.

One of the spiritual giants whom the Bible tells us about was Daniel. There's a whole book of the Bible with his name. Daniel wasn't a priest or employed in the temple. Daniel was a government official.

This is particularly meaningful to me because I am a civil servant. I may have a much less distinguished heritage than Daniel did, as well as a much lower ranking position, but I make my living in government work just as Daniel did.

The story of Daniel should remind us that God calls on people in all walks of life. There's no room for excuses when facing a clear sense of leading from the Lord. The faithful life is for every believer, and there are no limits on what we may be called to do.

While Daniel was a government official, he was crystal clear on where his ultimate loyalty lay, and he never wavered from that loyalty. From the time he was brought into Nebuchadnezzar's court, he determined to follow the ways God had set out. Right away, he decided not to eat the court food, but rather what was acceptable to God. Later, he refused to obey a law requiring people to worship the king rather than the true God even though the penalty was to be thrown into a den of lions.

Regardless of our circumstances in life, we need to be just as loyal to God as Daniel was. At times this may get us into difficulty with our boss or even the law of the land. But we should never waver from doing what God tells us we should do.

Dare to be a Daniel!

Bill Samuel

©2001 Friends in Christ, Inc.

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