A class was put into groups of three and each group was tasked to develop a new marketing model. All groups went about researching for a old models and were discussing ways of making it better. To them, that is a safe way of getting a grade that would make them pass to serve the manufacturing company that is organising the graduate intenship for them. In one group were these four boys who decided to try something new. Looking at the background and upbringing, they decided to build a model that would benefit people of these class. Although it was a risk they were going to take, it was worth giving it a try. Lo and behold, their model was adopted by the company and used for the marketing of their products. When they were asked by the board to explain the reason behind their model, they stated that the model is a reflection of their values instilled in them from their childhood.
The same can be said of the three Hebrew boys in Babylon. Although they were under the pressure to succumb to the pressures of the “luxurious” life in Babylon, they still stuck to the beliefs and teaching they know from Jerusalem. To them, risking the pleasures of Babylon for their God was worth a try. Although eating the meat offered to idols seemed pleasureable, they chose to eat vegetables; although bowing to the golden statue seemed safer, they chose to be put in the burning furnace; although closing the doors and hiding to pray would have been a wise option considering the signed decree of the King, Daniel chose to pray and be put in the lion’s den (Daniel 6).
After each of these episodes, one thing was made evident; and that was the glory of God. Every one knew them and branded them as children of the Most High, acknowledging their creator when dealing with them. The reason for their sacrifice of pleasure and safety to bear fruits in Babylon (serve in the corridors of leadership and affect decision making) was to make God known in Babylon. Did they achieve that? Listen to what the great king Nebuchadnezzar said:
At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”Daniel 4: 34-35 (NIV)
Maybe that may not be an enough proof for you. Look at what King Darius also said when Daniel was not devoured by the lions:
Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth: “May you prosper greatly! “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”Daniel 6: 25-27 (NIV)
God mandated us to be fruitful because He wants His glory to be seen by all. That is His goal and that is the reason why to are to be fruitful.
What you do is as important as what you do not do.Kwaku P. Adjei
It is my prayer that God will grant us the grace to be faithful in bearing lasting fruits. I pray that we will walk in newness of life, being revived by the spirit of God to do the bidding of God. May we be transformed into vessels of honor ready for the Master’s use. We ask this and many other things through Christ Our Lord, Amen!!
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