Graduating my senior year of High School, I decided to attend Florida State University. I remember leaving the house I grew up in, loading up my beat up Honda with little AC, and heading to Tallahassee Florida. When I arrived at my dorm room and got my things settled, I was invited to a “get to know your neighbor” party at the pool. As I approached the pool I saw a line of beer kegs- maybe 12 of them. I sat down at a table and within ten minutes of me being there, a college sophomore girl came up to me and basically asked (Minus a few curse words), “Have you ever slept with a girl on the swim team? If not, I could be your first” WOAA!!!!! This had been my dream when I was a young teenage dude, but now I did not feel the same way.
All of a sudden I had a choice to make. Was I going to: A) give into this moment and sleep with someone else’s daughter and someone else’s future wife and mom, or B) honor God and stay pure.
The choice wasn’t simple because I was in a brand new environment with no title or reputation of being a christian. I could have a “one night fling”, never talk to her again, and be in church that sunday morning. I had no youth group or parents that might hold me accountable and no one would have ever known. I had a choice to make and thankfully I chose to stay pure!
I don’t know about you, but I love to see people that make the choice to not compromise their position with God. I love to see husbands, wives, families, kids, grandparents, pastors, students. Daniel and His boys are hands down those type of people.
As we pick up in this story, Daniel is in a conflict between what God is doing IN Him and what the world is doing AROUND him.
- Daniel’s Eating habits were different
- Daniel’s Priorities were different
- Daniel’s Relationships were different
- Daniel’s Worship was different
Daniel had a choice to make! Can we not relate? There is a battle for what God is wanting to do in you and what the world is wanting to do to you. Lets see what Daniel does…
Daniel 1:8 says, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
Daniel and his boys chose not to defile Himself. They did not diet the same way they did, Their priorities were different. Their standards were different. And most important, their worship was different. No matter what pressures came against them, they chose to not compromise their position with God. I pray that as you come against the pressures of this world, you will choose to never compromise what God is doing IN you at the altar of what the world is doing TO you! NEVER COMPROMISE!