Pure living in 2016 is tough, but not impossible. Sultry entertainment, distracting Netflix shows, and tempting substances test our resolve. However, Scripture always guides us in godly living. By taking a quick look at the life of Daniel, we can learn a few things about being young and undefiled.
First, living among, but not within, the world is a matter of commitment. “But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank” (Daniel 1:8, ESV). Daniel and his friends committed to following the Law. They desired to honor the Lord with their bodies and would not let the pressure of conformity deter their resolve.
Likewise, we Christian young people can take a stand against the worldliness that surrounds us. Without being pious or obnoxious, we can show the world a better way to live than simply doing whatever makes us feel good.
Second, it pleases God to use his faithful servants. “As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams” (Daniel 1:17, ESV). These young men demonstrated their commitment to inner purity, and as a result God used them to influence a secular, heathen Babylonian society.
Let’s commit to inner purity and resolve not to let the things of this world defile us. There are few lures as sweet as a life devoted to the Lord. As we commit ourselves to this end, we will be of great use to God’s kingdom.