Making a Difference

January 7, 2018

Daniel 1: 1-21

 

We are called to be followers of Jesus Christ. We are also called to be imitators of the Lord Jesus. I want you to consider becoming more of a Godly influence in your life. We are to make a difference in the world. I encourage you as a part of God’s ambassadors at HCC to dedicate yourself to making a difference. The situation does not have to be perfect for us to make a difference. Daniel was taken into captivity under the Babylonian empire, yet even as a slave he became a powerful influence for God.

 1                    Distraction 

Would you dare to believe that all things are possible with God? Would you dare to believe that God, who called you to Himself and equipped you with His Spirit, could do a mighty work through you? Have you made the connection between the time and place in which you live and God’s call upon your life. We must not become distracted from the Lord because of events and activities that are taking place every day. World events or the routine responsibilities of life never catch God by surprise. God has called you and placed you precisely where you are for a purpose.  Daniel could have been greatly distracted because of the upheaval in his life and the life of his fellow countrymen. Everything changed but God had a plan for Daniel’s life. We are to be faithful and obedient no matter the circumstances in life.

What seems to distract you from your walk of faith with the Lord?

Paul said that whether he was in need or had everything he needed he had learned to be content because of God’s Spirit within him!

 2                    Dedication

 Daniel decided to not let the temptations, challenges, and changes of his day interfere with his relationship to the Lord. He knew that to make his life useful to God he must be obedient in all things. Regardless of what the most powerful king in the world commanded, Daniel refused to compromise what he knew God expected and required of him. “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. Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, I am afraid of my lord the king. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.” (vs8&10) Daniel then reasoned with the official to give it a trial run for ten days and then see the results. The results proved favorable because of Daniel’s dedication and God’s favor upon his servants. It never hurts to follow God’s leadership. Daniel had resolve and yet humbly asked for permission to show his faith in God.

 How dedicated are you to the things of God?

What seems to get in the way of you being fully dedicated to the Lord?

 3                    Demonstration

 “At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men that ate the royal food.” History is filled with examples of Godly men and women who believed that God would work through them to make a significant difference for His Kingdom. God placed Esther strategically in the king’s court at a crucial time when she could save the lives of God’s people. (Esther 4:14) God placed Joseph strategically in Egypt to become the most powerful advisor to the pharaoh to save Jacob and his family from a devastating drought. (Genesis 41:39-40) Are you allowing your surroundings to determine how you invest your life? Or are you letting God use you to make a difference in your generation? Ask God to reveal His purposes for you and His will for your life in this season of the beginning of a new year. We are called to a lifestyle of making a difference. Be a blessing, be the miracle, and be a continual influence for the purposes and glory of God!