Living in the Lion’s Den: The People of God in Exile
Today's Text: Daniel 6:1-28
Daniel gives these incredible insights as to how we can live in a post-Christian culture, a secular age that wants to push a Biblical Worldview to the margins, if not completely out of the picture. So far, our sermons in the Daniel series can be succinctly stated:
Jer. 29:1-14 – Live your life
Dan. 1:1-7 – Stamp your child
Dan. 1:1-7 – Draw your line
Dan. 1:8-21 – Stand your ground
Dan. 1:8-21 – Love your people
Dan. 2:1-23 - Face your crisis
Dan. 2:24-49 - Know your prophecy
Dan. 3:1-30 - Trust your Savior
Dan. 3:1-30 - Understand your culture
Dan. 4:1-37 – Guard your mind
Dan. 4:1-37 – Surrender your pride
Dan. 5:1-31 - Honor your God
Dan. 6:1-28 – Remember your home:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Show your loyalty:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Embrace your leadership:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Check your attitude:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Maintain your integrity:
Dan. 6:1-28 - Establish your consistency:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Welcome your humility:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Seal your legacy:
The Passage Contents
Living in the Lion’s Den: The People of God in Exile.
Embrace Your Leadership
Several Key WORDS that characterize wisdom and leadership lift off the pages of this punctuated day in Daniel 6. What are these key characteristics in Daniel's leadership?
Since we've already dealt with loyalty, attitude, and integrity, let's focus the final three:
consistency: Daniel did consistently what we do occasionally.
humility: Daniel did in humility when we do in pride.
legacy: Daniel did long-term significance while we settle for over-night success.
What will your legacy be? What will you leave behind? And speaking more broadly, what will the legacy of our church be?
How do you tame a "lion" - where "lion" stands for a difficult person, a challenge in front of you, a season of persecution, or a literal lion?
Build a relationship with them. This creates Loyalty.
Read their body language. Read their Attitude.
Give them their space. If you have bad intentions, they sniff that out. You want to convey pure intentions. This is called Integrity.
Stick with the same training rituals. This is called Consistency.
Show them respect. This is called Humility.
Protect their interests. This is his Legacy.
Time to tame some "lions" in your life? Ready to be a non-anxious presence? Maybe now is the time to invite the "Lion of the Tribe of Judah" into your life?