Daniel’s spiritual life wasn’t merely an afterthought. It wasn’t something that he found time for in his busy schedule. His life revolved around it.
As Daniel 6 opens, Babylon has fallen. Darius is now in charge of the Persian kingdom. And immediately, Daniel appears on the new king’s radar.
Why was that? Daniel had integrity and honesty. He stood out from other people. And at around eighty years old, he was a seasoned saint.
King Darius wanted to elevate Daniel above his other advisors, making him the most powerful man in the kingdom, next to the king himself. The king chose him for such a position as a result of his hard work, excellence, and integrity.
We need Christians like Daniel in our government and schools. We need them in medicine, music, and sports. The list goes on and on. We need believers to let their lights shine everywhere.
And like Daniel, Christians should always do their best work. They should be the best at whatever they do.
In effect, Daniel had a ministry in politics. He influenced world leaders and didn’t compromise the truth. The Bible tells us that he “distinguished himself above the other governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him” (Daniel 6:3 NKJV).
“Excellent spirit” also translates “spirit dominated.” You’re never more clearheaded than when the Holy Spirit is directing you.
Although Daniel lived at the epicenter of rampant idolatry and incredible cruelty, he remained a righteous man. In the midst of widespread sexual immorality, Daniel flourished spiritually.
That is because Daniel made time for what mattered: his relationship with God.