Daniel 1:8 says, But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
John Phillips recounts the following story: “Michael Faraday was cut from the same piece of cloth as Daniel and his friends. He ranked among the foremost English chemists and physicists. He discovered the electrical and magnetic entities, which made possible the electric generator and the electric motor, which we simply take as commonplace in our modern world. He gave the first clue to the existence of electrons and made possible many industrial processes. The list of his accomplishments goes on and on. It was said of Faraday, “He gave us electricity.”
Faraday became an accomplished public speaker and could hold spellbound all kinds of people, from children in school to scientific giants to the aristocracy of England.
One story tells of one occasion when the great inventor expounded the mysteries of the magnet. He brought the house down! The Prince of Wales rose to propose a motion of appreciation. Renewed applause swept through the assembly. People turned expectantly to hear the famous scientist’s response. They heard only silence! The lecturer was gone!
On prayer meeting night at a small church, Michael Faraday gathered weekly with a handful of people. His weekly meeting with the King of Kings was more important to him than the applause of distinguished scientists and the congratulations of a prince. He was a man made to measure for Daniel and his friends. No identity crisis would ever over take him.”
Are we true to our purpose? Like Daniel, all of us have an urge to be liked, appreciated and honored, but if that merchandise ever comes at the price of who we are in Christ, the price is too high to be paid. Let’s be true to our blessed Lord today and do what is right in his eyes.