Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, the chief of his officials, to bring in some of the sons of Israel, including some of the royal family and of the nobles, youths in whom was no defect, who were good-looking, showing intelligence in every branch of wisdom, endowed with understanding and discerning knowledge, and who had ability for serving in the king’s court; and he ordered him to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king appointed for them a daily ration from the king’s choice food and from the wine which he drank, and appointed that they should be educated three years, at the end of which they were to enter the king’s personal service. Daniel 1:3-5 NASB
King Nebuchadnezzar had a world view of what was success. Respect, deserving of honor and wisdom by his standard. God had a plan, He always does, and He made sure that Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah met the king’s criteria.
The king was offering paid education, gourmet food and a career when groomed for the king’s benefit.
But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself. Daniel 1:8 NASB
🌹What are you willing to sacrifice for the world’s idea of success? Your walk with the Lord? The choice morsels of God’s word? What are you willing to compromise? Steadfastness, full surrender to God’s will?
Tomorrow we will look at where real success comes from.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. — 1 Corinthians 15:58
Work is a part of life. We work to meet our needs in life. We work to get that dream vacation or special vehicle. We work because we have to for our families survival.
When work comes up in a conversation it usually takes on negative tones. We don’t like our boss or another employee. We don’t like our schedule or feel as if we are overworked and underpaid. We can complain that it seems that we never get the cake job but get dumped on. And so on and so on. We work to just get to the weekend. If you think about it that is a bleak existence. I made the decision a long time ago that if I am spending the majority of my life at work, I might as well make the most of it and enjoy the time I am there.
The work of the Lord is no different. We can complain about everything that isn’t going right and whine and complain about every little thing or we can be steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the work of the Lord. Our livelihood on earth may not have eternal value but we can make that work have eternal value. We can make every workday, no matter what we do for a living, have eternal value by abounding in the work of the Lord and making it a part of our everyday life and work. No matter your lot in life you can make a difference in the lives of all those you meet through work for the kingdom. So abound in the work of the Lord knowing that your toil is not in vain.
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.