King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it. Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” Daniel 3:1-6 NIV
At that time, the king had an image of himself constructed out of a spirit of arrogance and commanded that people worship it. Of course, there were some who refused to worship the image and didn’t care who knew it. And even though attempts were made to kill them, they survived and thrived because of the One who is in the furnace with them.
Being in a fiery furnace is a topic for another blog, but this one is just an attempt to have people reflect upon the image they have set up to worship.
Is it a spouse a child?
Is it a pastor or a church?
Is it an ideology based on traditions without justification?
Is it material possessions?
Is it status and position?
When I see people consumed with talking selfies, I wonder if they are ruled by arrogance and are infatuated with images of themselves. It is possible is it not?
There is one image that keeps me humble whenever I see a depiction of it or it rises in my spirit and that image is Jesus on the cross–loving me so much He was willing to die for me!
Does the image set before you remind you of Christ’s love? If not, I would suggest that you are worshipping an idol and idolatry won’t save your soul–only Jesus can.
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