Read Daniel 3:1-30
Being used as an instrument for reaching others for Christ is one of the best ways to live a transformed life. How we act and the stance that we take, through experiences we go through, can greatly impact the lives of people and in some cases lead them to Jesus.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were all friends that were taken to Babylon as young boys in the exile of Judah. They proved themselves to be trustworthy and were promoted to leadership positions in the kingdom. The king at that time, Nebuchadnezzar, was a proud man; he erected a large gold statue of himself with the simple command that all people would bow down to it. The three friends, who were devout Jews, chose to not bow down and forsake their God. Nebuchadnezzar, of course, was not pleased with their decision and ordered them to be thrown into a furnace that was heated to seven times the original heat.
These men were about to be killed by fire because they refused to bow down to an idol. In verse 18, however, they stated that even if their God didn’t protect them from the furnace, they would not bow to this idol. They had enough faith in God to give up their lives to make a statement of faith. We find that they were miraculously saved from the furnace, and as a result, king Nebuchadnezzar proclaimed that the Israelite’s God was the most powerful of them all.
With the furnace heating in the background of their proclamation, they stood their ground. When told to bow, they confidently said, “We will stand.” We can all look up to how these men stood firm in their faith!
While they were willing to give up their lives, we are called to give up something as well. It may not be our lives, but we may be called to sacrifice our popularity, our pride, or even our freedom. The ultimate test of a transformed life is the test of enduring faith. When your faith is tested, how will you respond? Will you fall on your face in submission to the thing standing between you and God or will you remain standing and endure whatever this world may throw at you? What are you willing to endure for the sake of the gospel?
Will you remain standing for truth?