One of the stories most taught to children that comes from the Bible is from chapter 6 of the Book of Daniel. We love to hear about how Daniel refused to give up praying to God, and was thrown into the den of a vicious lion, but was saved by God as a result of his trust in God. Afterward, when he was removed from the lion’s den, King Darius wrote a decree to the people. The decree said that all the people of the kingdom were to fear “the God of Daniel” (v. 26).
I think it’s important to note that it does not simply say God. When we think of King Darius calling God “the God of Daniel,” it gives us the impression that Daniel must have done something for such a close association. If Daniel did not act as he did, would Darius have said, “the God of Daniel” at all? I speculate that he wouldn’t have associated Daniel with God because he would have had no proof– no connection that Daniel served God.
Do you think that we should see our names there as well? Are we such dedicated Christians that people would look and say, “the God of…” has done this or has blessed him or her? Simply put, do we show people God and do we make it clear that we are Christians? If a poll was taken of your friends, co-workers, family members, what would they say?
We are to be image bearers of Christ. We are to shine the Light each and every day. If we aim to do that and we have some success, people will notice. Light is always noticed in the dark, no matter how small of a flicker. Right now we see a lot of darkness. May the Holy Spirit help you to shine some light somewhere today.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 [NASB]