Dont Sell Out
14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
We have all heard this in some form of in our lives…and it rings true. There must be something that you are passionate. For some, it could be sports, for some clothes, and yet some music. Whatever it is, the person or persons must have more knowledge or experience than his listeners or competition. He must be able to persuade them to try his idea(s) and even in failure believe that his product is still the best. But this person must never sell himself short to win over someone just to get ahead.
We all have heard this story over and over. We know what was said and what happened to these boys, but understand that these boys (by custom, were boys) took a stand. They believed with every fiber in their being that if they stood on God’s promises, He would make them victorious. When you stand, you will be faced with opposition. Their opposition was the king and his top officials. Understand this as well, they had taken the place of these men earlier when Daniel told the king of his dream (Dan 2). Not only were the officials after their jobs, but wanted revenge, too.
Next, when you stand, don’t turn back. After the king was mad, he gave them an opportunity to change their mind, albeit the wrong change. Even with the king being wrong, these young men showed respect to the office, but took their stand. Many of you are facing a problem with a superior. There is nothing wrong with giving respect to your superior, but don’t lose your respect for yourself. Take a stand for the truth when lies are all around. Don’t sell out, just to save your butt.
Last, trust God to bring you out. How many of you have been in a place where you KNOW you were right, but the cards were stacked against you? You didn’t know how you were going to get out, but you were going all the way. You didn’t care about losing your job or anything else. You knew that something had to be done, but they were not going to make it easy. They had the upper hand until God stepped in.
No matter what they throw in front of you, how they twist and turn things around, how they build the case to have you overthrown, don’t sell out to get out. Know that if you sell out you will be giving out on your partners. Had Shadrach sold out, where would the other two be; how would the story had changed? Elevation comes from elimination. When they came out of the fire, the king decreed that God was the true God (Dan 3:28). God will be with you; don’t sell out to get out of the fire. Go through and claim your victory.