Summary: "If you are not willing to be different, you will never make a difference!"
Key Verse: Daniel Chapter 1:8
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Title: “Dare to be a Daniel”
Introduction: His dilemma
If I had been taken from your homeland and forced to be a eunuch, I think I would be angry! Anger quickly turns into bitterness!
If I were "bitter," Instead of living for God, I would go in the opposite direction. Afterall, Daniel was in college. All of the king’s delicacies were being offered to him!
How did Daniel handle this dilemma?
1. Daniel made a decision.
8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
What an amazing verse! Here is today’s key thought: "If you are not willing to be different, you will never make a difference!"
Babylon was a pagan city full of idolatry. Daniel choose to be different. He would not defile himself with the King’s meat or drink.
Even though they changed his name, they could not change his heart.
2. Daniel made a disciple.
15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. 16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.
Daniel made a personal decision that had an effect. First of all his witness had an effect on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He would not stand alone. These three Hebrew children would stand with him.
Secondly, He made a disciple of "boss." Melzar was effected by the witness of Daniel.
3. Daniel made a difference.
17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
Before the Chapter Two is over, King Nebuchadnezzar would say, "Surely your God is God!"
Are you willing to be difference?
Is your life making a difference?