“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.” – Daniel 6:10
The leaders that Darius brought in were jealous of Daniel because of the wisdom and knowledge God gave him, which elevated him in position. So, they devised a plan and put in place a law they knew Daniel could not uphold because it went against God’s law.
We must pay attention to what Daniel did next. The Bible tells us that he knew the law was passed that anyone found praying to any other god or man other than the king would be thrown into the lion’s den. But, he went home and prayed anyway just as he always has. Daniel counted the cost of discipleship.
Luke 14:28 says, “Which of you, intending to build a house, sitteth not down first and counteth the cost?” What does it cost to be a Christ follower and live a holy life? We know full well that it cost Jesus His blood to provide atonement and redeem from hell. But does it cost us anything?
Jesus said, “But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.” It is foolish for us to think that the way is not narrow because the cross comes before the crown. Daniel understood this and did not submit to the world’s standards but to God’s. He counted the cost.
J.C. Ryle profoundly wrote, “I grant freely that it costs little to be a mere outward Christian. A man has only got to attend a place of worship twice on Sunday and to be tolerably moral during the week, and he has gone as far as thousands around him ever go in religion. All this is cheap and easy work: it entails no self-denial or self-sacrifice. If this is saving Christianity and will take us to heaven when we die, we must alter the description of the way of life, and write, ‘Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to heaven!” Which path would you say you are on today, the wide path leading to hell or the narrow path leading to eternal life in heaven? Count the cost!