Stand Up, Stand Out

Series: Among Lions | Week 3: In the Line of Fire

Read Daniel 3:8-12

1. Who reported about the three Jews who didn’t bow?
2. What did the reporters’ words reveal about themselves?
3. What did their report reveal about the men who didn’t bow?

A decree was issued, but three men didn’t obey. When told to worship a gold statue, they stayed standing, drawing attention to themselves. Other men reported to the king what happened, ratting out the rebels. The three men’s stance stood out in a sea of people caving to the king’s demands.

Similarly, when we stand up for what’s right, we’re likely to stand out. In a setting where cheating is commonplace, we’ll stand out when we choose integrity. In a group of friends who indulge in what satisfies them in the moment, we’ll stand out when we trust God’s boundaries. In an argument where blame is thrown like grenades, we’ll stand out when we choose a calm response.

When have you recently had the choice to blend in or stand up? What’s keeping you from standing up for God in your home, workplace, or community? Spend some time in prayer, turning over any areas where you’re struggling to stand up for God. Ask Him for courage and for a friend (or group of friends) to stand with you.

Want to go deeper? Read this article for three reasons to stand by your faith. Which reason speaks most directly to your current struggle to stand up for God?

*TPCC does not necessarily endorse all “Want to go deeper” sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool.

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