“But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods.
At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king.”
Daniel 1:8, 15 NLT
I once heard someone say “worship doesn’t define God, worship defines YOU”. Whew, that is good to me! If I can just be honest, sometimes we feel we are doing God a favor by worshipping Him when in reality worship should be our lifestyle, it defines who we are. In this text we see our guy Daniel worshipping God in His daily routine. At this time Daniel’s faithfulness to God was an unpopular stance but this is also what gave him favor with the king. It wasn’t that the king’s food was distasteful but the intake would have rendered Daniel ceremonially unclean. So Daniel kept the discipline of the appetite he had before his arrival to the kings table. Daniel didn’t allow what was offered on the table to change his diet. Not only did he deny his flesh but his friends were also on the same page. How many of us can say our friends would sacrifice with us? The company we keep should echo our lifestyle but that's a topic for another day.
The message today is: Don’t get food poisoning by eating like the majority. Some things we partake in make us sick because it wasn’t meant for our bodies. Just because the idea worked for them doesn’t mean it’ll work for you, just because their marketing strategy made them 6 figures doesn’t mean it’s a fit for your clientele. Their food could place you in harms way & hinder how you produce. We must continually present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy & acceptable to God (Romans 12:1). The kings of this earth have their way of doing things but God pours out favor when we stick to His diet. Let’s make sure we continue to keep our appetites at the proposal meetings, when we respond to ambassador opportunities, in our offices, during zoom calls, etc. There will be opportunities that will look good but just because the idea is offered doesn’t mean you have to accept it, you eat different now. If what they’re offering is outside of your diet you have the power to negotiate!
Negotiation keeps you from settling for what’s regular & forces you to level up to your potential. God had given Daniel & his friends unusual abilities, beyond the talent of their peers (verse 17). There are unusual gifts stored inside of you that will be released in response to your discipline. Your peers may look like you on the outside but God has given you favor with the kings of this earth & Him. I pray that as you prepare for the week, the Holy Spirit will guide you in your decision making, give you negotiating power, & the influence to change the appetite of those attached to you for His glory!
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Have you experienced a situation like Daniel's before?