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When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him. (Dan. 6:14)

Expanded Passage: Daniel 6:14-18

Queen Elizabeth’s death and funeral happened just over a year ago. The news was filled with reminiscences of her youthful pledge to dedicate her whole life to her country’s service—and how she’d loyally lived out that vow over the course of a seventy-year reign. Some also noted that her Christian faith fueled her devotion to duty. At her funeral, a reporter commented that “if there’s a heaven,” she could look forward to God telling her, “Good job!”

The fact that the reporter added that “if” and used a nonbiblical expression of approval instead of the classic biblical line, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matt. 25:21) is a symptom of today’s widespread secularization. Increasingly, commitment to Christ—as well as lifelong commitment to one’s spouse, job, or anything else—stands out as countercultural. Yet the queen stood out, and her example was outstanding.

Daniel stood out, too, for his devotion to public service as much as for his Israelite faith. That’s why King Darius went to such great lengths to save Daniel and grieved the night away when he couldn’t (Dan. 6:18). It wasn’t because Darius was a champion of minority religions in his empire. It’s because Daniel brought such skill and loyalty to his employment (Dan. 6:3). In today’s secular world and workplace, let’s commend our faith to others by our good work.

Let your Christian work ethic stand out so the world notices.

Jerome Van Kuiken is a missionary kid, a Wesleyan minister, and professor of Christian thought at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.