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07-02-12
Complete Loyalty

A man was given a physical examination by his doctor. It was discovered that he was in a serious condition. "Now the best thing you can do," he was warned, "is to give up drinking, smoking, and carousing." After a moment's thought the man asked, "What's the next best thing?"
   
Isn't that what we do in our spiritual lives as well? When God says, "The best thing you can do is start every day in My Word," we say, "What's the next best thing?" When God says, "The best thing you can do is start every week in worship," we say, "What's the next best thing?" When God says, "The best thing you can do is tithe," we say, "What's the next best thing?" When God says, "You need to be part of a small group in order to be connected to friends in Christ who will laugh with you, cry with you, support you when you're down and hold you accountable when you backslide," we say, "What's the next best thing?" When Jesus says, "The best way to find your life is to lose your life in selfless, sacrificial service," we say, "What's the next best thing?"
   
I would encourage you to read the first six chapters of Daniel this week-that's just one chapter a day. And don't read the stories like they are cute Sunday school stories about a fiery furnace, a narrow escape from a lion's den, or a magical hand that writes on walls. Read them as the profound Word from God that they are. Read them as Daniel meant them to be read-making adults aware that a compromised faith is no faith at all; that lukewarm faith is no faith at all; that "the next best thing" is useless as far as faith is concerned. Daniel's people were facing a situation where it had to be an absolute, total, and complete loyalty to God or they were lost.
   
That's still true for every generation of Christians.

Pastor Steve