This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
So, the holiday season is upon us. For most of us that means lots of eating and perhaps some time with family (not always a happy thing). Food and fellowship. Feasting and connection.
Daniel was a young man when he was taken with the other captives to Babylon. Along with the other “recruits”, Daniel was prescribed a specific “Babylonian” diet. For Daniel and his friends, there was something troubling about this Babylonian food. So, Daniel went to his overseer and requested, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. (Daniel 1:12)
For ten days Daniel and his friends were allowed to shun the Babylonian diet and eat a healthy Jewish diet. At the end of those ten days, Daniel and his friends were examined, and sure enough, they were much healthier than the other “trainees”.
Some of us might wish we had eaten more vegetables than we did pumpkin pie, but that’s not where I’m going with this. The thought I’d like to suggest is whether or not people can tell that you are on a different spiritual diet than they are. If someone got close enough to you, would they see something different in you? Would I have the courage to say, “test me for ten days… and see if I’m not better off?” Am I able to say, “Taste and see that the Lord is good!”