THE PRICE OF BEING A STANDARD – THURSDAY JANUARY 31ST 2019Memorise: Then the king promoted shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon. Daniel 3:30 Read: Daniel 3:14-18 (KJV)
14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? 15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.Bible in one year: Luke 10-11, Isaiah 29:1-14, Hymn: Sing hymn 10
Message: Open Heavens For Today, 31st January 2019.The price of being a standard or trailblazer is indeed very high. Self-disciplined will be required of you if you desired to be a standard among your contemporaries. Speaking on this, 1st Corinthians 9:25 and ; 27 says:
“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible… But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are good examples of people who paid the price to be a standard. Although they were captives in a strange land, they stood up to be counted for their loyalty to the God of Israel, even though it came at a high price that required them to pass through King Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace. One point to note from this story is that the king’s decree was not only directed at the Hebrew boys; it was for all the officials in the realm of the king, including a number of other Jews. Only God knows how many of those other Jews allowed their faith to be compromised in order to avert the king’s anger. I suppose they were many. In any case, the stand taken by the three Hebrew boys was the price they had to pay to become standards for the other Jews to follow. We must learn from Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego that to become a standard, we must first stand out.