Big Idea: Sometimes following God will get you some haters
Haters are people who try to step on others so they can either appear or make themselves feel better. They get an ego trip by making other people feel bad. They are addicted to the feeling that they get from the false sense of superiority that putting down others gives them. They look at others and see how well they do at something or how good their life is going and that makes them feel bad about themselves. So, to feel better, they hate on people.
When we follow God and live for Christ, it causes other people to examine their own life. When they examine their own life against the life of a Christ-follower, they realize that the sinful life that they live is ultimately without purpose. When they come to this conclusion, they get angry and take it out on those that do have purpose in their life. They try to be like Daniel Day Lewis in “There Will Be Blood,” when he repeatedly shouts, “I drink your milkshake!” But the only way that they can actually drink your milkshake is if you let them get to you.
It is difficult to deal with “haters,” especially if you have a people-pleasing personality. The other government officials in Daniel’s story were haters, but he focused on pleasing God more than what all those other people thought. Even though it can sometimes be hard to not care what other people think, it is important for us to only seek the approval of God and of other people who are also striving to live their life for Christ.
Day 1: Daniel 6: 1 – 9
Day 2: Daniel 6: 10 – 19
Day 3: Daniel 6: 20 – 28
Questions for Discussion
- Why do you think that we seek the approval of others?
- Why is it so hard when other people disapprove of us?
- Why is it so hard to ignore haters?
- What are some practical ways that we can avoid seeking the approval of others, especially non-Christians?
- What are some things that we may need to change in our life to begin living for God’s approval?
Partner up with someone else in your group to text throughout the week to encourage one another to seek God’s approval and not other people’s.