The convictions Daniel and his three friends held were not by default. They had been taught the importance of their convictions, obviously from an early age. While many of their peers evidently conformed to the standards impressed upon them by the Babylonians, these young men stood firm upon their biblical convictions. If the young people who make up our families and churches are to do the same, we as adults must disciple them before society does.
1. At this point in your life do you stand firm upon biblical convictions? Do you need to ask God to strengthen you in this regard?
2. Do the people you mingle with at school, at work, and in the neighborhood recognize you as someone who is different because of your faith in God? What do you need to ask God to do in your life in order to be a light in the darkness?
3. If young people were to imitate your lifestyle, would their behavior be pleasing to the Lord? What changes are in order to improve your example before them?
4. How are you contributing to the discipleship of young people in your church? In what ways will you do so from this day forward?
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