A Reason for Being

As time passed, there were many changes that happened in Daniel’s life. King Nebuchadnezzar’s son became king and with it came all the transitions of new leadership. In all the frenzy, it almost seemed as if everyone had forgotten about Daniel.

This continued until mysteriously a hand wrote on the wall during one of the king’s extravagant parties. The terrified king searched for a translation of the words on the wall. This is when Daniel comes to the rescue. Desperately wanting relief, the king offers Daniel huge prizes if he will only translate the words on the wall. Daniel’s true motives are shown in his response to the king, “You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.” Daniel wasn’t there to get rich or for personal reward. His only goal was to glorify God. This response to the king reminds me of the following story from one of my favorite sermons by Paris Reidhead.

Two young Moravians heard of an island in the West Indies where an atheist British owner had 2000 to 3000 slaves. And the owner had said, “No preacher, no clergyman, will ever stay on this island. If he’s shipwrecked we’ll keep him in a separate house until he has to leave, but he’s never going to talk to any of us about God, I’m through with all that nonsense.” Three thousand slaves from the jungles of Africa brought to an island in the Atlantic and there to live and die without hearing of Christ.

Two young Germans in their 20’s from the Moravians sect heard about their plight. They were willing to sell themselves to the British planter for the standard price for a male slave. The Moravian community from Herrenhut came to see the two lads off, who would never return again, having freely sold themselves into a lifetime of slavery. As members of the slave community they would witness as Christians to the love of God.

Family members were emotional, weeping. Was their extreme sacrifice wise? Was it necessary? The housings had been cast off and were curled up on the pier. As the ship slipped away with the tide and the gap widened, the young men linked arms, raised their hands and shouted across the spreading gap, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering.”

This became the call of Moravian missions. And this is our only reason for being…that the Lamb that was slain may receive the reward of His suffering! 



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