How Daniel’s Character Changed the World


What do you think it takes to change the world? War? A brilliant leader? A ruthless conquerer? Would it shock you to know that Daniel changed the world with only his character—and that he did it more than once?

I’ve spent the past year studying Daniel. I believe there’s a lot of valuable life-lessons to glean from his life. When he was young—around 17—he was exiled to Babylon. Being a smart kid, he was taught the language and customs of the Babylonians so that he could teach it to others. This brought him before some of the most important people in human history.

How Daniel Changed the World

Daniel was never really looking to change the world, as far as the book of Daniel lets on. But Daniel’s excellent spirit, wisdom, and unwavering faithfulness to God caught the attention of kings. The attention of the most important kings on the earth, at that time. These kings made the decree to all the nations of the earth: “He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders, in heaven and on earth…” (Dan. 6:26-27)

Think of it like this: your character could some day place you before the President of America. Just like with Nebuchadnezzar and Darius, you could cause the President to declare to the world, “Daniel’s God is the true God, maker of heaven and earth.”

This generation is very much into world-changing. It’s pretty evident with a quick trip to the grocery store. Tons of companies tout that buying their products help save rain forests, create jobs overseas, or donate money to kids in impoverished nations. But even the collective effort of thousands can’t change the world the way one man did: by loving God and living without compromise.

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