Daniel Foster | @DanielFoster07
Whether you've spilled food on your clothes, accidentally mismatched shoes, or dressed a little too formal for that casual dinner party, we have all had moments we wished we could blend in with those around us a little better.
In Daniel 3 we read about a couple of guys named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who weren't worried about blending in. I encourage you to read the entire chapter but for the sake of time, I'll just give you a quick run down.
King Nebuchadnezzar (or as I'll call him, King Neb) built a 90ft golden statue of himself and commanded all the people to bow down and worship it. I didn't even think it was possible to be that vain. Surprisingly, everyone went along with this law. Well, everyone except the three guys I mentioned earlier. Their rebellion didn't go over too well with King Neb once he gained knowledge of their refusal to bow down and worship the statue. King Neb called Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into his office (or the B.C. equivalent) and gave them one last opportunity to bow down to the statue lest they be thrown into a fiery furnace. Here's their response to 'ole King Neb:
Daniel 3:18 says "... Let it be known to you, O King, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up."
It would have been incredibly easy for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to fake it - to go with the flow, to blend in with everyone to keep from causing a scene or making others uncomfortable - but instead, they wanted it to be known who they worship. They didn't want to keep it a secret.
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14
God did not create you to blend in with the dark world. He created you to be a light. To stand out and help give direction and guidance to those in need. To point them to Jesus.
It's incredibly tempting for us as Christians to try to blend in. Maybe you'll go to the party but won't drink, or you will hang out with a certain group of people and not participate in their questionable activities. However, I challenge you to "Let it be known". Let it be known the standards you have for yourself. Let it be known who you worship.
Let it be known you belong to Jesus.
Daniel Foster comes from the outskirts of Atlanta. He serves on staff at DeVotie Baptist Church where he is the student pastor. Daniel is a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves. You can find him on Twitter at @danielfoster07.