16th June 2017

Worship God First 

“…we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.
Daniel 3:18 (NIVUK)

It’s not often that you hear of leaders who put their faith before their political career, but this has happened here in the UK following the General Election. A leader stepped down from his position because he felt a conflict between his convictions of faith and the policies of his party. He made a brave and controversial choice.

Some may argue that, had he stayed within the system, he may have been able to change things for good. It’s a reasonable idea to consider, but who are we to judge? One scripture explains that, when Christians within a congregation have varying views, their views can and perhaps should remain private: “whatever you believe about these things,” wrote Paul, “keep between yourself and God” (Romans 14:22). The political arena is, however, different from the church setting.

In the time of the book of Daniel the matter was much clearer. There was a direct challenge to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Instead of worshipping God, they were to bow down and worship a statue of a king who thought he was divine. Had they chosen to do so, their actions would have been an affront to their worship of the one, true God. Read what happened next in Daniel 3:19-30.

Our situation may not be comparable to that of Daniel’s three companions, but we can be inspired by their example, and put God first in our worship. 

Father, we worship you, and thank you for the example of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Help us, through the guidance of your Spirit, to put you first in our worship. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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