In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better. (Dan. 1:20)
Expanded Passage: Daniel 1:8-20
A young woman moved to New York City with dreams of breaking into the fashion industry. As a Christian, she knew there would be challenges, but she had no idea how hard and discouraging it would be. She was experiencing The Devil Wears Prada in real life. She was determined to bring light to a dark place, so day after day, she prayerfully showed up with simple words of kindness, courage, and love for all her coworkers. In time, she was hired at one of the most iconic luxury department stores in the world and was promoted due to the unquestionably high quality of her character and work. It couldn’t go unnoticed.
For three years, Daniel and his friends trained diligently to enter the service of the king. They trained their bodies and their minds, preparing themselves for a job they never imagined they would have while living in exile. Yet they gave their very best, working with excellence every step of the way. They remained faithful to who God had called them to be, and the high quality of their character and work ethic couldn’t go unnoticed.
Our work matters. How we do our work matters even more. Whether you are behind a computer, in front of a classroom, or in the middle of an assembly line, your work can be a witness that can’t go unnoticed.
Ask the Lord to make your work a witness today.
Jenn Petersen is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church, Director of Mobilization NYC for International Justice Mission, and co-founder/pastor of Resurrection Life NYC in Manhattan.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.