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Mark 3:1-19; 2 Samuel 6; Daniel 3
We live in a time when it seems like the greatest virtue is the ability to “go along to get along.” To succeed in society today, we are called to downplay our own beliefs and not only accept, but to celebrate the beliefs of others that are contrary to our own beliefs. Penalties for non-conformance to society are often swift and painful, but they can be slow and lingering. In the face of this, we, as followers of Christ, are called to stay true to God’s standards. If we love God and His ways more, we are able to be like Him and love others more in spite of our differences. Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were three men who, even though changed outwardly by society, demonstrated that inner strength to follow God’s ways in spite of any possible punishment. “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar: ‘We don’t need to answer your question. If our God—the one we serve—is able to rescue us from the furnace of flaming fire and from your power, Your Majesty, then let him rescue us. But if he doesn’t, know this for certain, Your Majesty: we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you’ve set up.’” (Daniel 3:16-18) This may have been the original “gold standard;” worship the gold or die. The society within which we live and function expects us to conform to many standards that are contrary to God’s will. We are faced with ridicule and hatred when we don’t. That’s fine. God expects us to conform to His will. If we conform to God’s will and act like God calls us to act, we can point out what is wrong in society by showing God’s love to those who would speak against us. Stay true to God no matter what the opposition may be!
Lord God, we live in a society that rejects You and Your ways more and more each day. Help me to stay true to Your ways and to share Your love with others as I remember what Jesus did for me.