Ten Times Better Than the World


We can’t just be good. God calls us to be better—ten times better.

Then Pharoah said to his servants, “Can we find anyone like this, a man who has God’s spirit in him?” So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one as intelligent and wise as you are. You will be over my house, and all my people will obey your commands. Only with regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “See, I am placing you over all the land of Egypt.” —Genesis 41:38-41

God gave these four young men knowledge and understanding in every kind of literature and wisdom. Daniel also understood visions and dreams of every kind. At the end of the time that the king had said to present them, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. The king interviewed them, and among all of them, no one was found equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So they began to serve in the king’s court. In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them 10 times better than all the diviner-priests and mediums in his entire kingdom. —Daniel 1:17-20

You’ve just read two well-known Bible stories.

The first one is of Joseph and his rise to power in Pharaoh’s Egypt. If you remember the story, Joseph was used by God to save both Egypt and Israel’s tribes from starvation during the famine.

In the second one, Daniel and his friends were found to be ten times better than all of the counselors consulting the king of Babylon.

Both stories are about men of faith surviving—no, thriving—in a pagan culture. Now, what does that have to do with us?

First, recognize that the church in 21st century is, like Joseph and Daniel, a people of faith trying to live faithfully in a pagan culture. So, don’t panic. We’ve been here before.

Then, we must become better at everything we do. We must pray God will anoint our efforts so that we’re ten times better than the world in the world’s own game.

We have to write better books. We have to make better movies. We have to establish better businesses. And we have to do it all so God is glorified in every aspect of our lives.

The resurrection isn’t a call to retreat from the world, but a summons to engage the world in His power. We just can’t be good. God calls us to be better—ten times better.

Remember—it doesn’t take much salt to change the taste of the food. And it won’t take many believers to change the world.

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