Stand Up and Stand Out

The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a

God’s purpose is for His people (those who are His true followers) to stand out in the world.  We are to be set apart and distinct as we live in this world.  Why?  Because God’s design is to show the world that belonging to His family is far better than NOT belonging to His family.  He longs to strongly support those individuals who are fully committed to Him.  He likes us being on display, not for our glory, but so that others will see His goodness and be drawn to Him for His glory.

Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

One young man in the Bible illustrates this well.  Daniel was around 16 years of age when Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians in 587 B.C.. Daniel and other young men were exiled from Jerusalem and indoctrinated in the ways of Babylon.  The objective was to force them to conform to their new culture and to stop serving God and living for Him.  Sound familiar to the struggles we face today? But Daniel “made up his mind” that he would stand up and stand out for God.  (Daniel 1:8)  At some point, read the first few chapters of Daniel and be encouraged as you see how God strongly supported him.

Through Daniel and his friends, God transformed the heart of kings and entire nations began believing in our awesome God.  Here is just one example: After God rescued Daniel from the lion’s den, King Cyrus of Persia declared, “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.  He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”  (Daniel 6:26-27)

The truth we learn from Daniel is this:
When we stand up for God,
God strongly supports us!
People notice,
God is magnified!

Decide today to stand up for God!  Refuse to allow the world to indoctrinate you and convince you to live just like everyone else.  As God provides you opportunities to stand up for Him, be wise, bold and unashamed.  Trust Him to strongly support you as He magnifies His great name.

Jeff Wilson

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