Sunday, August 17, 2008

Would it matter?

Today's sermon was about intergrity again. We are in the book of Daniel and each week we have learned how to be a person of integrity. This week we studied the famous Daniel in the Lion's den chapter six. Pastor Phillip did not teach the usual story but stopped at verse 10.

Let's set the story. King Darius was about to put Daniel in charge all across the land. The King was going to do this because Daniel had proven that he was trustworthy and intelligent. This of course made the other officials upset. They knew that they could not find fault with Daniel in his work so they devised a plan to make him choose who he would obey. King Darius signs a decree that for 30 days all the people had to bow to the King and the King only. If anyone violated this decree they would thrown in the lion's den. Now read verse 10....

Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Did Daniel change? No....why? Because he did what was right even when no one was watching. That was the definition of integrity for us this week. Do you do what is right even when no one is watching? On the other hand, do you do something wrong in private believing that no one will ever know?

Pastor Phillip's question that got me was this...
"If a law was passed that made praying illegal would it affect you?"
Have you established a relationship so solid with God that no matter WHAT you are going to talk to Him? Daniel had just that kind of relationship.

Something to think about!