Living an Obedience-Based Life

Daniel 3:28
They trusted in Him and defied the king’s command and were willing to
give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their
own God.

Have you ever known someone who lived an outcome-based Christian
experience? What I mean by this is that their decisions are made based
on the positive or negative outcome, not on absolute obedience.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three men who lived an
obedience-based life. When King Nebuchadnezzar passed a law that said
all were to worship his idol, these young men determined they would
not worship anything other than God. You can be sure these men did not
make this decision at the time of the decree. Their decision actually
had been made years earlier. Their convictions were already in their
hearts.

Each of us must come to a place of knowing what our boundaries are in
given situations. What will you tolerate from your employer? What
situation crosses the line for you? Where are the boundaries for
questionable practices in your life? If these are not worked out
ahead, you will live a life of situational ethics, determining what
decision to make based on the merits of the situation.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were willing to die for what they
believed. In this case, they were delivered from the fiery furnace.
God used their faithfulness to impact a king, and they were promoted
to higher positions.

Are you an obedienced-based Christian? Or are there situations that
can move you based on the outcome? God wants to know that we will
stand firm on the issues that are important to Him, no matter what the
outcome may be. God is looking for those who are radical in their
obedience. Does this describe your commitment to Christ? If not, pray
for this kind of conviction. The Lord will honor you for this.

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