Saturday November 9, 2019 – The incredible opportunity we all have!

Daniel 10:11a  He said to me, “Daniel, you are a man treasured [by God].  – Holman Christian Standard Bible

How would we be described by our spouses, children, friends or co-workers, if they were asked what kind of people we are – and they answered with brutal honesty?  Their answers would say a lot about who we are; what we do; how we do it; what are we like to be around; how honest are we; how thoughtful; how ‘other’ oriented; do we brighten their days – and so on.  (Sounds like a candid eulogy, doesn’t it?)

How would God describe us?  This gets to the heart of the issue.  He loved us while we were sinners and showed that love by sending Jesus, through whom we have the opportunity to become His children.  But now that we are family, we need to recognize not only the responsibility we have, but the opportunity!

We want our children and loved ones to become people of quality.  It’s not a matter of us loving or not loving them – it’s a matter of the lives they lead.  We experience great joy and pleasure as we see them grow and mature in Godliness.  The same holds true with God.  How we grow – or not grow – in Godliness, is critically important to Him.  It impacts how He views and interacts with us.  (Don’t be thinking judgment here – but think as a loving parent.)

I rejoice that He has given us Daniel as an example of what will happen in lives that are totally given over to Him.  Consider how scripture describes God’s view of Daniel:

  • you are a man treasured [by God].  – Holman Christian Standard Bible
  • for you are very precious to God – New Living Translation
  • for you are greatly beloved. – Amplified
  • you who are highly esteemed, – NIV

Think of it!!  We have the opportunity to become men and women that God would describe as He did Daniel:  treasured, very precious, greatly beloved, highly esteemed.  By walking in His word, the Holy Spirit produces the character and likeness of Christ in every area of our lives.  This is the result of truly loving God.  We don’t pursue it for recognition – but for the wonder of pleasing and blessing Him.

About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Three years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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