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The Strength to Stand Apart

To become a part of His kingdom, you have to be willing to stand apart from the crowd.

In James 4:4 the Bible teaches us:

Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

What does this mean? Some people say this means that we are to draw away from the world. We should only have Godly friends. We should only attend Godly functions. We should not associate in any way with anyone who is not a believer.

But, if you don’t associate with non-believers, how will you be able to share the Gospel with them so they can become future believers?

Instead, we are to be in the world, have an impact on our world, but not let our world have a negative impact on us. Like the Bible teaches in Romans 12:2:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

What does it mean no to be conformed to this world? It means you can live in the world, but when it comes time to take a stand for God…you need to willing to do it. Be willing to stick out like a sore thumb.

The story of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedngo best illustrates this point:

During his reign, King Nebuchadnezzar II erected a statue and decreed that when the music played everyone was to bow down and worship. And if anyone disobeyed, the punishment was death by burning in a furnace.

Now, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow before the statute. They believed in the true living God.

Enraged the king questioned the three. The responded, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king.”

Nebuchadnezzar ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter. Then he commanded that the three friends be thrown in. It is said that the fire was so hot it killed the soldiers who threw the three into the furnace.

The king was surprised not to hear the boys scream. When the king looked into the furnace he saw four men, one whom looked like “a son of the gods.” Confused, the king ordered  them to come out. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego exited the furnace the officials and the king found no damage to be on their clothes and no smell of fire on them.

Nebuchadnezzar promoted the three in the province of Babylon.

In this story, these boys were willing to be different for God. They were not being different just for the sake of being different or to show off. They were different for the sake of God. They were willing to take a stand for what they believed in. And God honored that.

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