Not for Sale

“…You may keep your gifts, or give your presents to someone else…” (Daniel 5:17)

A story was once told about a Christian who was forced to renounce her faith in exchange for a price. Boldly, this woman retorted: “Indeed, I have a price. But it has already been paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ, my Savior. I am no longer for sale.”

How many of us are daily tempted to set aside our faith for a price? The price can come in the form of a promotion, or a one-night-stand, or another puff from a marijuana stick, or a promised cash reward.

In today’s first reading, Daniel was also confronted with the same dilemma. King Belshazzar offered him fame and fortune if he would be able to interpret for him the supernatural sign from God which appeared during the king’s banquet. Daniel was quick to respond:

“…You may keep your gifts, or give your presents to someone else…” (Daniel 5:17)

How about us? Do we dialogue with the tempter? Do we pause to think about the proposition? Do we dilly-dally to see if we can get both the reward and retain our self-respect at the same time? Do we give the devil the light of day?

Here is my suggestion: Don’t dialogue with the enemy. Don’t even attempt to haggle. Don’t negotiate. Don’t display any price tag. Rebuke him. Reject him. Walk away. You aren’t cheap. You were bought by blood. You were paid with death. You were ransomed by no less than the King of Kings.

You are no longer for sale.

I remain Christ’s property,

Bobby

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