Monday, 15 April 2019

Life or death

"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank;" Daniel 1: 8a
As I went about my day today, this one portion of the scripture kept replaying in my mind. It made me stop and ask myself, how many of us make a conscious effort not to defile ourselves in any way?
It brought to memory my wedding day. I was determined to have a DJ who played only Christian music, but as the pressure of planning a wedding gets, I didn't get to speak to the DJ aside the instructions my dad had given.
Fast forward to wedding reception, time for the couple to dance in, and here is the DJ playing a bunch of songs I didn't know or want. In my initial steps I tried dancing, thinking in my head(maybe I'll just get this over fast and sit down). But truth of the matter is, my spirit was not in agreement with any of the songs. So here is the bride few steps into the dance floor, standing still and telling them to instruct the DJ to change the song.
I bet some people thought "the girl is silly" or "Toni is crazy". But here is the truth, my spirit refused to be defiled in its choice of song. Especially not on the day my marriage was being launched and was to give glory to God. My spirit could not condon not worshiping God at that crucial point it time. My spirit had grown used to a certain kind of music.
I bet this is how Daniel was. He had distinguished his life in a certain way and could not for a short moment let the pleasure of this world defile him. My question thus is, in your day to day life, how are you ensuring you are not defiling the the temple of God?

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