“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Dan. 1:8)
It is easy to become soiled with the world for it lies in wickedness (1 John 5:19). Christians must keep themselves unspotted from the world for this is pure religion (James 1:27). Indeed, we must shine as lights in a world of darkness to the glory of God (Phil. 2:15; Matt. 5:16).
Daniel provides a magnificent example of what it means to live godly in an ungodly world. Babylon was an idolatrous place as evidenced by the king Nebuchadnezzar making a large idol and commanding it to be worshipped under penalty of death (Dan. 3:1-6). When Daniel was brought into Babylonian captivity, his mind was already made up to do what was right. He chose not to be defiled with the king’s food or drink. We too can choose the things that please God (cf. Isa. 56:4). Daniel was greatly beloved of God because of his faithfulness (Dan. 9:23, 10:19). God spared him from the lion’s den because he would not pray to anyone but God (see Dan. 6).
Be sure to join us October 15-18 for our fall Gospel meeting. Michael Light will bring us powerful sermons from God’s Word to show us how to live godly in an ungodly world. Be there and invite others to come!