If people had to describe you, what would they say about you? In Daniel 6:3, Daniel “distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities (NIV).” Because of Daniel’s character, the king planned to promote him over his coworkers. This made his coworkers jealous so they look for something bad to say about him in order to get him demoted. But that wasn’t easy.

Verse 6:4 tells us that “the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.” Daniel was someone you could trust to do what was right. It’s also interesting they note he was not negligent.

God calls us to be faithful to him, to do what is right in his eyes. But he also calls us to not be negligent in our earthly duties; to responsibly manage what we have been given; to exemplify quality work in all we do. Like Daniel, our conduct in the workplace should not hinder people from seeing God.

It is ironic that Daniel’s jealous coworkers try to discredit him by using his loyalty to God. Daniel 6:5 tells us: “Finally these men said, ‘We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.’” May it also be true of us — that we will be of such strong character in our earthly duties that they are left with attacking our faith. May God grant us strength to endure such attacks.

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