God is calling us to a faith that is pure and faultless. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27). The service aspect of this scripture is not surprising to most of us. God has a work of the kingdom for all of us. We are each called to serve and to especially serve those who cannot do it for themselves. Yet, many times we neglect the latter part of this verse that speaks of keeping “oneself from being polluted by the world” as religion that God accepts as pure and faultless too. God has called us each to a faith that is unpolluted by the world. We are told that we are to KEEP ourselves from the world’s pollution. This takes a deliberate act on our part. We have to set a higher standard that keeps the pollution of the world’s ways out.
Daniel is a great example of this principle in action. During Israel’s time of captivity in Babylon, the king took notice of Daniel’s exemplary quantities, training, and breeding. He selected Daniel for royal service in his court. Daniel was like us in that he lived in a land that was not his own. Yet, he chose not to defile himself with their indulgent excess. He asked for permission not to partake of the rich things of the new kingdom. Daniel then prospered more than any of the others. He was deliberate in his devotion. He faithfully prayed three times a day to God. When he did, he would turn his face toward the holy city and focus his attention. Daniel’s heavenly nourishment did more for him than all the other’s earthly food.
Taken from The Happiest Place on Earth as it is in Heaven, chapter 6.