Daniel 1:20 “And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.”
Daniel was captured and taken to a foreign land. When challenged to accept the ways of the world, he refused and followed the Word of God in his heart. When the time came for Daniel to be tested, he was found ten times better than the people of the world. We as Christians should strive to be “ten times better” as well. Here is how you can be better:
1. To be better we must be clean. Daniel 1:4 describes Daniel as being without blemish. When we think of a blemish, we think of makeup covering bad spot. To be without blemish is to be without spot. To be clean, holy, righteous. No question or blemish in our lives. Be better. Be clean.
2. To be better we must be friendly. In Daniel 1:4 the Bible says that Daniel was well-favored. In verse nine, the Bible says that God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince. It is false to believe that to be a good christian you have to be mean in your approach. You are not to be ugly in your postion or your dispostion. In your youth department you should be better. Be friendly.
3. To be better we must be mature. Daniel 1:4 says that Daniel had an ability to stand in the king’s palace. For a young man to have the maturity to stand in the presence of royalty without wavering is an impressive feat. We should work to have that same maturity in our teen departments today. Everything should not be a joke and every day is not a activity. Learn to be sober minded and to work. Be better. Be mature.
4. To be better we must be willing to learn. Not only did Daniel 1:4 tell us that Daniel was clean and friendly, it tells us that Daniel was skillful in all wisdom, cunning in knowledge, and understanding in science. This verse tells me that Daniel had a love for learning from a young age. You aren’t born wise, you learn wisdom over time. You can choose to spend your life without ever enjoying learning, but you will never be better. Successful people are never satisfied with how much they know, they always want to learn more. If you will train yourself to love learning, you will be head and shoulders above others in all areas of life. You stop growing when you stop learning. Be better. Be willing to learn.
————————— This is a excerpt from the book Ten Times Better Devotional ————————————————————————————–