Travel Journal 2019 A Question
Our son and his family hosted a Basque teenager to spend a month with them this summer so he could experience life with an American, Christian family. We shared part of this experience and found him to be a very likable young man. He did not grow up in a Christian home, but you could tell from his attitude and mannerisms that he did grow up in a loving, caring and responsible home. The time we were together raised this question in my mind, “What is it about my life that would make someone want what I have? What is there about my spiritual walk with Yashua that would draw an unbeliever into their own salvation experience because of what they observe in me?
One of the weekends during our visit we attended church service with our son and his family. The pastor delivered a very insightful sermon on Daniel 1:8, “But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank.”
Definition of Resolve — to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine — to do something. (Taken from dictionary.com)
So, Daniel, being very well versed in the Torah or instructions of Yahweh knew not to eat food sacrificed to idols, which would have been the case if he had eaten from the king’s table. This simple obedience on the part of Daniel and his friends was amply rewarded with favor in the court of Nebuchadnezzar (verses 9, 20).
Perhaps step one, in answering my question, as I’m seeing it, is to live a life of resolve where your talk matches your walk. Dr. Jim Wilder has an interesting talk from Proverbs 10:4; 12:24, 27; 13:4; 21:5 about diligence and slothfulness. He gave some compare and contrast examples that made me squirm just a bit. The diligent person starts a task and finishes it, whereas a slothful person may start, but does not see his work through to completion. He may buy a book yet not read it, or start a project but never complete it, or purchase expensive, organic produce only to let it rot in the refrigerator. Or maybe buy clothes that you do not or can not wear. Resolve has a lot to do with how we are viewed by others as slothful or diligent. They may not use these words, but who would you rather take your example from; the diligent, resolved man, or the indecisive, slothful man? Which makes me wonder, which one am I? Which one are you?