Have you ever wanted to be the leader? We usually want to be the leader to have our own way. Like the childhood game of Simon Says, we want others to do what we want. But leadership is not the same as being in charge or having power. And, it can be lonely. Every leader must be willing to take the risk of standing alone.
In the Old Testament, we find an example of leadership in the story of Daniel. He and his three friends were forced to leave Jerusalem. They were taken captive to Babylon about 605 B.C. to be educated in the culture of Babylon. The king of Babylon planned use them serving his empire. But Daniel saw a problem. The food assigned to him and his friends violated their religious beliefs.
Daniel 1:8 says, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.” (NIV)
Notice Daniel did this alone. His friends did go to the chief official with him. Daniel assumed all the risk to take a stand. When his friends saw his stand, they followed his lead.
We too must be willing to risk taking a stand for our faith. Like ancient Babylon, parts of our culture challenge us to ignore, or even violate, our faith. We must resolve ourselves to stand for God. Our leadership may inspire others to follow.
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