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Daniel (lots 25)

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We have been looking at a series of characters and stories from the Old Testament. People who were called by God for specific things and at specific times. We tend to divide the world into the secular and the sacred. We have people who are 'called' - we use the words Pastor, Church Leader, etc., - to be professional Christians and 'the rest'. But the majority of our lives aren't spent inside the church. About 99% of our lives are spent outside church. In Daniel we see a person who was called by God, not as a specifically religious role such as a priest, nor as a king. Daniel was a civil servant! He was quite high up, not just a paper pusher. He did quite well for himself. The call of God on his life was very similar to the call of God on most people's lives, which is simply to be faithful in the workplace, or whatever place God has put you - work, school, home, prison, etc. We live out our calling not within the four walls of the church, or purely within a Christian context, but within the wider world in which we are called to life.

We sometimes think that the important things are the things we do in church - and they are important - but there's the rest of our lives as well. How we live our lives. The only point of contact that people will have with the gospel isn't in church, it's when they meet you. We have four gospels but most people will never read them. They read the one they see in your life.

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