Almost Incorruptible

Here is a goal – I would love for a story to be told about me one day, which sounds like this story of Daniel.

Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.  At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.  Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”  — Daniel 6:3-5

I love the last line – the only flaw that the other powerful men in the kingdom could find in Daniel was where his God’s law was at cross-purposes with the king’s law.  In other words, there was nothing that Daniel did which was impeachable under God’s law.  Furthermore, in the eyes of others, he was “trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent”.  Wouldn’t that be a fantastic legacy to leave, and a God-honoring way to live your life?  I pray that I can bring this kind of honor to the Lord – not just relying on grace to cover my sins, but in leading a life that is pure and holy.  Daniel needed grace, and so do I.  But there is something to be said for living your live in a righteous way, providing an example and a legacy for others to witness.


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