Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, know-ing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. - Colossians 3:23-24
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are living and working in a foreign land. Nebuchadnezzar asks them to do something at work that would violate their conscience and go against their godly convictions. In his pride the king has built a gold statue that he commands all the provincial officials and everyone else to bow down to when his music plays. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are not ashamed of their conviction to not bow to another god. In fact, because the order is to bow down and worship the statue, these three men literally stand out in the crowd. The consequence? Death by fire.
When confronted by the king, the three men answer respectfully, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us . . . . But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18 NIV84). Their loyalty to God was more important than their job or even life itself.
The furnace is heated ten times hotter for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then two interesting things happen: The men who worship the statue and throw these men into the furnace lose their lives. Instead of three men in the furnace, the king sees four men! Yes, God has shown up in the workplace to honor the men who walk by faith and not by sight.
He will do the same for you.
Grace Community Church
Raleigh, North Carolina
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