March 11, 2024

Dare to be Different

Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spiritDaniel 6:3


The phrase, dare to be different, means not shying away from being who you are. Both our culture and Christianity promote this idea but not for the same reason. The Bible tells believers over and over that we’re to distinguish ourselves from the world around us. That’s how Daniel lived. Who he was inwardly determined what he did outwardly; and it made him distinct. We, too, can make a powerful impact when we dare to live differently than the world lives.


When Scripture says that Daniel “possessed an extraordinary spirit” it’s talking about the disposition of his heart. He was virtuous in his thinking and honorable in his actions. Daniel was a righteous man who lived with excellence in a pagan culture. God still expects His children to live this way. And He equips us for what He expects by instilling us with the nature of Christ at salvation.


seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge” (2 Peter 1:3–5).


Those who dare to be different prioritize spiritual boundaries and discipline, which foster healthy faith. For instance, Daniel set clear boundaries around what he shouldn’t do, and therefore wouldn’t do (Daniel 1:8-13). He also maintained spiritual discipline in his life such as daily prayer (Daniel 6:7-10). As a result, his faith thrived in a hostile environment; which distinguished him from the other officials in the king’s eyes.


But living this way can also bring trouble. It landed Daniel in the lion’s den and put three of his friends in a furnace. The world still gets agitated—and even infuriated—when we seek to glorify God in everything we do. Yet, He calls us to live with excellence.


If you want to make a mark on the world then dare to be different. Distinguish yourself by setting boundaries around your entertainment and social life; and by prioritizing daily prayer and Bible study. Your faith will begin to thrive. And despite our culture’s hostility toward godliness, you will develop an extraordinary spirit!