Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king answered and said to Daniel, “You are that Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom the king my father brought from Judah. I have heard of you that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you. Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, but they could not show the interpretation of the matter. But I have heard that you can give interpretations and solve problems. Now if you can read the writing and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around your neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” Daniel 5:13-16
Why do you do what you do? Is it for your own glory or for God’s glory? The answer to that question tells us which camp we are in, the world’s or God’s. King Belshazzar thought Daniel was like all the other wise men of Babylon, out for their own personal gain. When the king asks Daniel to interpret the writing on the wall he offers Daniel purple clothing, the color of kings, gold and rule over a third of the kingdom.
An offer like that would turn most heads. Daniel however is firmly in God’s camp. Daniel does what he does for the Glory of God’s kingdom. He will tell the king what God reveals to him even if the news is not good. Those who are out for their own gain will color the interpretation telling the king what the king wants to hear.
When we do things for God’s glory sometimes the rewards will be immediate such as what the king promised Daniel. Most times the rewards will be in the next life and what we do for may in fact cause us problems. What types of problems? Let’s look at what we are told as Christians about salvation.
The Bible teaches that there is only one way to get in a right relationship with God, through Jesus. The world does not take kindly to such a pronouncement. They say we are not being inclusive. They ask us how we can make an exclusive claim to the truth. Then they question how a loving God could ever condemn so many to hell. No, the real answer must be that there are many ways to God and Christianity is just one way.
Unfortunately even some Christians have a hard time accepting that good people, especially their friends, might end up in hell. After all hell is for bad people isn’t it? Actually hell is not for bad people. If it were then every one of us would have to go there when we die. No, hell is for people who deny God. People who refuse to acknowledge God’s authority. Good people don’t go to hell. Unrepentant sinners go to hell. They have chosen to live their lives on earth without God and God honors that choice in the next life.
Sinners, bad people, go to heaven. They go because they have recognized their sin nature and turned to Jesus. They accept the price Jesus paid on the cross and accepted God’s grace. They have chosen to do what they do not foe self but for God. The rewards in the present may seem lacking or small but the ultimate reward waiting for those who follow God is priceless.
Have a blessed day,