Be The Person God Wants You To Be
Why is it that sometimes we rationalize our way out of complete obedience to God in the face of difficulty, trouble, risk, or confrontation?
I am sure you remember the story of Daniel in the lion’s den. We love to tell the story of a man who had great faith. We love to focus on great lions who refused to have Daniel for dinner. Have you ever thought about the kind of person he was when he refused to obey the king’s decree and not pray?
Daniel 6:10 “Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.”
Daniel did not even consider going against his commitment to pray to God. Daniel believed that prayer was a matter of faithful obedience to God. He knew that if he failed to pray it would be in direct violation of God’s plan for his life. He was a man of faithful integrity. From God’s perspective, if Daniel had chosen not to pray, he would have seriously compromised his integrity.
God’s standard of integrity is not hidden from us. His standards are clearly given to us in His Word. We’re all called to love God and to love others. We are called to be the servants of God. We are called to be a part of His family. We are called to live so that other men will know the love of God is in our hearts.
If you haven’t lived up to God’s standard then start today. Be a person of integrity, be a person committed to Jesus Christ. Never let fear dictate your walk of faith. Align your heart and life to obey God and you will be blessed.
Let me share this prayer I read from Dr. Tony Evans…
Father, in a culture that consistently lowers standards, we want to remain focused on You. We want to aim high in all we do, knowing we serve an audience of one. Convict us when our integrity needs to improve. Forgive us when we’ve failed You in the past. Strengthen us to live according to Your standard. In Christ’s name. Amen.