In a culture that thrives on keeping up with the Joneses, this story could not be more relevant.
King Nebuchadnezzar has constructed a massive gold statue and has ordered everyone to worship it. 3 Jewish Babylonian men–Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego–refuse to do so because they only worship God. As a result, the king has the men thrown into a fiery furnace, but because of their willingness to stay loyal to God, He has spared them and the fire doesn’t burn them. Seeing this miracle, King Nebuchadnezzar praises God.
You’re probably like, “How in the world is this relevant to me?” Let me explain.
The King ordered everyone to worship a false idol. There are a plethora of false idols in today’s culture, even ones you probably didn’t realize. Clothing, attitudes, language, trends, technology, certain ideas. These things aren’t bad in and of themselves, but when we allow them to take precedence over God or they displease Him, they become idols. We’ll use clothing as an example. When girls wear immodest clothing or put forth more effort in their style than their faith, it becomes an idol. It doesn’t seem like a big deal because everyone’s doing it, but it is. The same with how everyone was worshipping the gold statue. It probably didn’t seem like a big deal, but it displeased God.
Let’s take an honest look at our lives. What things do we do that may not seem like a big deal, but are displeasing to God? Do you watch movies that glorify sinfulness or wear clothing that reveals way too much? Are you willing to rid your life of these things to please God, even if it means being made fun of?
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.