Influential Strangers

This weekend we begin our study of the book of Daniel. I’ve mentioned that I am excited about what God has in store for us this year and want to review what I see God directing us toward and how Daniel plays into that plan. If you were at church on New Year’s Day (and if you weren’t, please listen or watch the message online), then you heard that we are being called to impact our world today as it is and we are being called to influence others, both believers and unbelievers toward hope that is found in Christ by meeting them where they are.  I even gave you some nifty pictures to help you remember those important callings.

Here’s how Daniel fits into that picture. First, Daniel and his friends were strangers and slaves in a pagan land that did not value anything that they valued or believedin fact, Babylon insisted on reprogramming everything they knew and everything they were. It would have been easy for Daniel to just curl up in the fetal position and live in the past or fantasize about the future. Instead of doing that, he became one of the most influential strangers Babylon had ever seen. Secondly, Daniel could have ignored the situations of each person he came in contact with and where they were in their life’s journey. But, again, he didn’t. He listened and he prayed and he invested in their lives. He met them where they were and his influence shaped their lives for the Kingdom of God.

I am so excited about what God is going to be revealing to us and how we are going to have the opportunity to opt in to deeply influence our world right now. See you Sunday!

 

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