In a world of shifting loyalties, people pleasing and watering down of the gospel of truth its high time we intentionally choose to declare our stand as born again believers. We need to be either hot and on fire for the gospel of Christ or totally cold. In Revelation 3:15-16, Jesus speaks to the church in Laodicea the wealthiest of the seven cities and he says “I know all the things that you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you are one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!. The church had become lukewarm and thus distasteful, they didn’t take a stand for anything, their wealth made them think that they were self-sufficient. The lord says that to those that are lukewarm they will be spat out of his mouth, they will not belong to him anymore. This is a call to declare a stand, to intentionally choose living for God and God alone. We cannot continue living a life of compromise and still expect God to use us for his purpose in a mighty way.
I hear people say “where is the God of Elijah?” but the real question should be “where is the faithful servant of God, Elijah?” Elijah in 1st kings 18:15-21 is at mount Carmel, this was a contest between him and the false prophets, the king and all the people of Israel, in verse 21 he says to the people of Israel “how much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him! But the people remained silent.” Elijah needed them to make a choice but they did not say anything….remember indecision is a decision. They refused to take a stand, they wanted to be in the middle, they knew God to be the only true God but still wanted to enjoy the sinful pleasures and other benefits that came with following Ahab in the idolatrous worship. Elijah was the only prophet who choose to stand with the true god, he boldly stood against 850 prophets who had compromised their standards and choose to worship an idol.
how much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him! But the people remained silent.
Ist KINGS 18:21
Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego found themselves in almost similar situation. In Daniel 3:1-30, the king had set up a golden statue and given a decree that at the sound of a flute, horn and other musical instruments everyone should bow down and worship the statue anyone that refuses to obey the decree was to be thrown into the blazing furnace. The three friends knew that this was sin before God and so they refused to compromise their standards, their response in verse 16-18 blesses my heart, this is what they said to the king, “O, Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t we want to make it clear to you, your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the golden statue you have set up.” I call this sure allegiance, a clear stand that no matter what you choose to do to us, we are not backing down, our decision is clear and its final, we serve a living God and no matter what happens to us it’s still him that we will serve.
Later In 1st kings Elijah poured water on his sacrifice and called on to God, the Lord answered with fire that consumed everything on the altar and even licked the water that was in the trench! In the case shadrack, Meshach and Abednego the furnace fire was increased seven time that even those who were asked to throw them in the furnace were killed by the flames, but after the three friends were thrown inside the furnace a fourth person appeared in the fire. Daniel 3:25 “Look! Nebuchadnezzar shouted, I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!” The Lord sent help for them. He is the same God yesterday, today and forever more, He hasn’t changed, if he did it for them he is going to do it for us too ours is just to remain faithful, to exalt Him above everything else in our lives.
Friends it is time we seriously looked at our walk with God and the kind of decisions we are making, do they clearly show where our stand is? We will never know where we stand until we are forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and men, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and if God will take second place every time then those other things will be exalted and they will have become a god in our lives. We may protest but let it be known the proof is in the choices we makes day after day throughout our lives. Not that all this things are bad but where have we placed them? What do we give the first Priority? We can be here seriously praying against corruption but when we find our self in a hot spot we choose to bribe, we find an easy way out instead of paying the price of what it means to be a person who walks in the Light.
Standing Jesus firm is;
We can’t expect to stand for God without practicing, otherwise when time comes we will have no point of reference on what to do.
- to learn how to stand; practice to get used to it.
- Dozens of different moments of yes to God and no to self,
- The discipline of prayer and reading Gods word,
- Coming to God in a posture of repentance and a contrite heart
Jesus Christ said in Luke 9:23-27, that if any of you want to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross DAILY and follow me. This cross was not to be taken up once, it is our everyday choice. The price of walking in the light is taking up your cross daily, it’s enduring the consequences of saying yes to Jesus and no to flesh, apostle Paul tells timothy in 2nd timothy 2:10 that he was willing to endure anything if it will glorify God in the end, this too should be our motto in life. Remember we are the letter read by everyone according to 2nd Corinthians 3:2, we are also called the salt of the earth, a city build on a hill that cannot be hidden(Matthew 5:13) and finally we are the ambassadors of Christ(2nd Corinthians 5:20) here on earth so our choices to represent whom we follow.
Let your choices dhow that you are on the Lords side!!
Live a life of a true disciple of Jesus