God's Man Produces Superior Work
So today, we begin chapter six. The Babylonian empire is out. The Mede-Persian empire is in. And Darius is the monarch. Which, by the way, occurs precisely as predicted in Nebuchadnezzar's first dream. No surprise there. So here's how the text reads.
It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. — Daniel 6:1-3
I think it's so funny how things change around Daniel, but Daniel doesn't change. He keeps plodding along. And what I love about him is how he continues to produce superior work. And note that Daniel is over 70 years old, fellas, and he's still doing it better. He's not in retirement. He's not out at the club playing golf or pickle ball, smoking cigars, and drinking scotch with the boys. This man is still in the game. And his work is as good or better than it ever was. In fact, he's doing his best work right now. And it's so good his work surpasses all of the best leaders in the Persian empire. He outperforms all the governors in the 120 provinces. And people notice that there is a "spirit" about him.
Fellas, this is the type of man all God's men should aspire to be. We should be producing superior work. Work that's superior to everyone else's. And we are not doing it for promotion, power, or prestige. Remember, we discovered in the last chapter that Daniel doesn't care about these things. So he's not motivated by them. He knows something that all the other governors don't know. He works for God and not man; therefore, regardless of his culture and the man he works for, he will produce the very best because his motivator is something that can not be gained or taken away from him. Daniel works only for one man and his pleasure. He is motivated by the pleasure of God. And therefore, his work keeps improving because he works for the best man.
So fellas, don't slouch at work today. Don't cut your day short and end up cutting yourself short. Get after it. Produce the very best. And don't do it to get something or to be something. Do it because you know something — God's pleasure.
ASK THIS: What will you do today to produce superior work?
DO THIS: Do it for God's pleasure, not your own.
PRAY THIS: God, may my work be a sacrifice to only you today.
PLAY THIS: Glorify Thy Name.
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