This past Sunday we discussed being obedient and faithful to God. How do we remain obedient because we want to and not because we have to? We examined two stories from the book of Daniel about men who were faced with a command to turn away from God. In Daniel 3:17-18, Shadrach and his friends said, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Their obedience was motivated by strong faith and they were not deterred when faced with opposition. These men did not falter in their faith at all. It’s important that we understand our motivation for following God so that, in hard times, we are not tempted to turn away. Have you ever thought of why you are a Christian? Who are you doing this for?
“It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God; but we have not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, and this is not learned in five minutes” -Oswald Chambers from his book “My Utmost For His Highest”
What ordinary thing can you do exceptionally in obedience to God?
Some of our answers were as follows:
· Smiling at others
· Listening to others
· Giving time and not expecting anything in return