|SCRIPTURE: “You have issued a decree, O King, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold. But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon-Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego-who pay no attention to you, O king. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:10 & 12 NIV)|
When the king gave Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego the opportunity to avoid death by worshipping the golden image, they refused because they would not worship any other god other than God Himself. In business, there will be times when essentially, we’ll be asked to worship a god other than God Himself. Our bosses may demand that we have excessive loyalty to them.
We may be asked to put our employer first in all areas of our life. We may be told that our loyalty is required or we will be fired.
If or when this happens, we need to have already decided our allegiances. These three men made this plain and apparent right off the bat when they refused the king’s food in Daniel chapter 1. They had resolved to not defile themselves. Their resolution was firmly tested in chapter 3. The time to make non-negotiable decisions about our allegiance to God is now, not when the test of persecution comes. What is non-negotiable for us? What are we willing to lose our job over? What will we die for? These are the questions we need to answer now before the persecution comes.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)Salt and Light Ministries
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