Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.</>Daniel 1:3-4
King Nebuchadnezzer was smart! He knew that to build a strong empire he needed the best – even from his captives, the children of Israel. He chose the best young men and trained them for three years to be the best in everything – the best looking, the best educated, the best athletically. He was building a kingdom and only the best would do.
What he did not bank on was that there would be four young men: Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego that would exemplify how important it is to stand up and stand out as servants of the Most High God.
Although King Nebuchadnezzer thought he was getting the best for his kingdom – God was, in fact, giving him the best of His kingdom! God knew that these Hebrew boys would honor Him and serve Him even if it cost their very lives.
Can He say the same about us? Can God count on us to be His very best and to give Him what is required? Notice that I did not say that we give God our best – because that is truly subjective on our part. Our best could be what we feel like giving for any given day – our best is as filfthy rags. For example, my child may do the dishes and I notice that because of her attitude beforehand, that she really didn’t want to do them, and the fact that she did a shoddy job – I know that she didn’t give her best, even if she tells me she did. But when we give God what is required of us – loyalty, devotion, praise, honor, etc. then He will bless us with His best as He has already done through His Son Jesus Christ.
My point is that we become God’s best for the Kingdom. Study to show ourselves approved unto God, workmen that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth, giving of ourselves in worship, in service – being His best. Now don’t get me wrong, this is not a competition with one another – who can be the best – No, this is merely an attitude on our behalf to be His best so that those around us will know that we stand up and stand out – we are committed to the cause of Christ and only the best will do!
c/ Candie A. Price