Not worthy, just available

Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. (Daniel 6:4)

Wouldn't it be grand to know someone was searching to find some 'fault' with us and they couldn't find anything? If you are looking my way, I'd have to ask you to not look too closely because I am certain you'd find something! It wouldn't be all that hard either! Faithful most of the time, pretty responsible, and doggone close to being trustworthy all of the time - but I don't hit it on the mark each and every time. Chances are you don't either. Do you know that God doesn't look at how 'perfect' we are, but at how much we are willing to trust him with our imperfections? Do we always 'measure up' to God's standards? Likely not, but he never gives up on us and we should never give up on him. 

Daniel was a good man - scripture records that for us. He was humble, not given to being the center of attention or always needing his ego stroked. He operated in the realm of wisdom, not being too quick to give an opinion, but waiting for God to help him provide the needed answer. Waiting for the right time to act and being willing to bring forward the tough message might just be one of his strongest traits. I think this is why he was held in high esteem in by King Nebuchadnezzar. His testimony remained pure in spite of all the temptation around him.

God had given Daniel a great 'talent' to interpret dreams and visions. He never used that 'talent' for his own gain, though. He could have demanded a place of great honor in the kingdom, but he was content to serve. Maybe this is the result of living a faithful, responsible, and trustworthy life - the ability and willingness to serve without honor or recognition. All the credit went back to God - the giver of the gift. I think God honors the man or woman who gives back all glory and honor to him. Daniel found it an honor to serve God wherever he was placed - in the courts of the learned or the 'treasure house' of an evil king's god. 

Where are you called to serve? Who are you called to serve? Chances are those people may not always be the most 'deserving' or 'loving' or 'kind', but they are the ones God has designed for you to serve. The places we serve may not be all that glamorous or public, but they are exactly where God wants you. The call of God in our lives may find us a little less than 'perfectly performing' as his servants on occasion, but God sees our hearts and continues to use us in ways we may not see ourselves as 'worthy' of being used. When God calls, he equips. When he gives us a gift, he doesn't look for us to be 'perfect' or 'worthy' for its use - he just looks for us to be available. Just sayin!

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