“And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, ‘Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?’” (Dan. 6:20 NKJ.)
Daniel had just been thrown in the lions’ den, and King Darius came there in the morning to see if Daniel was still alive. He said, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually…” He called Daniel a “servant of the living God,” who serves God “continually.”
Serving God can be categorized into two major dimensions: service and living.
The first is working for God, or what we today call ministry. We call pastors and other ministers “servants of God.” Yes, that is correct, they are the servants of God. But there is another dimension of serving God. This is the dimension that Daniel was functioning in above. Daniel was not “working for God” somewhere in the temple there. He served God by the way he lived.
The 10th verse of the same chapter above says, “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.” (Dan. 6:10 NKJ.)
He was living for God, in prayer, ministering to God in thanksgiving and praise, living in righteousness, etc. The Babylonians saw Daniel and called him the servant of the living God. Serve God with your life and work!
What do you think King Darius saw that made him call Daniel the “Servant of the living God?”
APPLY THE WORD
Do you know that the work you do at your job or home is also serving God? You live for God! Col 3:23-24.
Ask the Spirit of God to help you serve God with both your life and service.
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