Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Being obedient to the Will of God

Daniel 3:14-20,91-92,95:

14 Nebuchadnez'zar said to them, "Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image which I have set up? 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 your hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up." 19 Then Nebuchadnez'zar was full of fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was wont to be heated.

Meditation: What saved Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego from the fiery furnace? Obedience to God’s will. They were willing to suffer death rather than disobey their God. God was with them in the fiery furnace and he rewarded them for their faithfulness. Jesus came to do the will of his Father. He was not spared the cross which he willing embraced for our sake. His obedience reversed the curse of Adam’s disobedience. The Father crowned him with victory over sin, death, and Satan. Jesus shows us the way to true freedom and victory–freely submitting our heart, mind, and will to an all-merciful, all-loving, and all-wise God. What the Father offers us is a kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom.14:17).The happiest, freest people are those who delight in God. Their joy is the pleasure of doing the Father’s will. Do you know the joy of submission to God?

What is the world’s notion of freedom? “To do as I please”. This is really a mask for servitude to one’s passions and unruly desires. Jesus offers his disciples true freedom – freedom from the slavery of selfishness, freedom from fear, especially the fear of what others might think of us, and freedom from hurtful desires and the power of sin. The good news is that Christ has truly set us free from sin. How is this possible? Through the gift and power of the Holy Spirit we can choose to walk in Christ’s way of love and holiness. A disciple is a follower and a listener. If we listen to the words of Jesus, with a humble and teachable spirit, he will give us the grace and the power to follow in his way of holiness. Ask the Lord to open your ears to his word that you may be attentive to his voice.

"Lord, write your words of love and truth upon my heart and make me a diligent student and a worthy disciple of your word."

(From www.rc.net)

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