“That I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ “
“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.”
There is something that certain men and women face when their faith is flourishing. It is an authentic commitment to walk exclusively in the will of God, no matter where it takes us. But both Abraham and Daniel had considered the ‘pros and cons’ of having a faith that would bend. They chose however not to become this flexible.
As people who call themselves ‘believers’. We need to figure out exactly how we are to emulate Abraham and Daniel. How bold are we to become? That question reverberates through us, and demands that we seriously deal with this issue. Exactly when will we compromise, where is the line?
The Bible gives us the distinct impression that our compromise will lead us into a period of confusion and doubt. Compromise is presented as a deadly choice, a decision that will irrevocably bring us to a death–of sorts. For believers who consider themselves as flexible, there may lift to us some immediate consequences, but the end result is brutal.
We cannot trade to get a temporary peace and comfort to enable ourselves to walk in the place of harmony and successfulness. If we try we will discover ourselves to be unfaithful and negligent to the Lord’s purposes and will. This is a place of shame, and comes incredibly close to outright denial. In this present ‘day and age’ perhaps our faithfulness might matter more then our ‘results’.