The book of Daniel contains several famous stories, and at their core is a group of servant leaders. Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were taken from their homes and brought to Babylon where they were required to serve their conquerors. Despite the hopeless situation they found themselves in, they remained faithful to God through everything, and we can learn several leadership principles from them.
Beloved in the Lord,
For the next couple of weeks, we’ll talk about, 7 SERVANT LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES FROM THE BOOK OF DANIEL, with today’s focus on Respect Others.
May the Holy Spirit minister deeply into our hearts, the message He has for us today.
SCRIPTURE: “Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, I am afraid of my lord the king, who assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men of your age? The king would then have my head because of you. Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.” (Daniel 1:9-12 NIV)
Even though Daniel and his friends declined the king’s food, they did it in a respectful way. Daniel’s first request is met with favor and compassion, probably because he wasn’t a jerk about it. The King’s servant pushed back and explained his fears, and then Daniel offered a solution. Daniel wouldn’t risk the eunuch’s head, instead, he would risk his own, and then only for a few days. After the ten days, Daniel and his friends were in better health than anyone else, and so the King’s servant put everyone else on the same diet. This never would have happened had Daniel not resolved to do what was right, and then gone about it in a respectful way. There are many believers today who get the first part right – they resolve to do what is right. But then, they’re jerks about it to everyone else. This is not an effective form of evangelism or leadership. Instead, we should follow the words of Romans 12:10b and, “Outdo one another in showing honor.“
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)Salt and Light Ministries
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