Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants who trusted in him. They disobeyed the king’s command and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.
Reflection by Duke Yaguchi
Such faith! These three, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, faced certain death at the hand of Nebuchadnezzar. They would not denounce their God. They would not worship Nebuchadnezzar's new golden statue. God saved them.
There's an adage, pick your battles. It is easy to pick battles when the risk is low. But these three picked a battle when the risk was the highest. They were threatened with death.
I of so little faith, I don't even risk the smallest of issues. I hide my Christianity when I'm at work. There are times I say grace when I'm with my kids, but there are other times when I don't. Not because I've forgotten. I'm always aware. But sometimes I consciously don't, because we are with other people, or I don't want to make them uncomfortable, or who knows why I don't.
If I can't expose my faith at the most benign of times, how can I expect to share my faith at the most important of times?
Recently, Trish gave a wonderful sermon about being members of the body of Christ. She concluded that we should start by taking small, intentional steps in the right direction. I will try to be a more faithful servant.
Dear God. Shroud me in a protective cloak of courage so that I may be a more visible follower with faith. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.