Who will be our generation's Shadrachs, Meshachs, and Abednegos?

One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  They refused to compromise their worship of the one, true God despite the command of their earthly king Nebuchadnezzar. 

"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this 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.  But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up”  Dan 3:16-18 (ESV).

And we know the end of this great story.  The furnace was heated to seven times hotter than normal.  Some of the men working on the furnace even died from exposure to the heat.  But Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego survived.

Nebuchadnezzar decreed:
“Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.  Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.  Dan 3:28-30 (ESV)

From faithfulness to a miraculous, impossible answered prayer.  This story is
an eternal reminder that we serve a great and powerful God: A God who we have unfortunately confined to a powerless cell - a place we only visit when it is convenient and fits into our schedule.  What if we let him rule our whole life?

In the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, God’s people were glorified along with God Himself.  When we are faithful, step out in faith, and bring about the will of God, we see glimpses of life in the presence of God.  When you are a servant of God and bring Him glory, it is the greatest thing that can happen.  We need to stand up for Jesus, never compromise, and pray and work to bring about His will. Being in His presence, being used by Him - nothing compares!