Monday, August 24, 2009

Motivated for Commitment

READ Daniel 1:1-20

Even though Daniel was living as a captive in Babylon, he was determined in his heart not to violate God’s laws. He never wavered from his commitment. What motivated this young man to live out such a pledge?

First it was devotion to God. Daniel’s deep love for the Lord made him determined not to defile himself with the king’s food and wine. Dedication to God means choosing to be set apart to love, worship, and obey only Him. It’s declaring, “Lord, every part of me is Yours. I want what You want.” When we keep the Lord Jesus as the center of our focus, our hearts will overflow with thanksgiving, and we will be motivated to stand firm.

Another thing motivating Daniel was clear direction. If he refused outright to eat the king’s food, Daniel likely would have lost his life. So, he and his friends turned to God for direction. The Lord gave them the wisdom they needed to develop an alternate plan. He also provided them with the courage to ask permission to follow God’s way.

Notice, there were no loud demands, no arguments, and no rebellious spirit. Their behavior was marked by trust in God and dependence on Him. Jesus promises us the Holy Spirit will give guidance and understanding. (John 16:13) When we listen closely to His direction, we’ll be motivated to act.

Through daily prayer and meditation on God’s Word, we can keep our eyes centered on Christ, our ears attuned to His voice, and our hearts motivated to obey. We’ll be able to make the same wholehearted commitment Daniel did. (Galatians 2:20) How eager are you to do God’s will?

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