Click Map for Details

Flag Counter

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Ego I Yearn For

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18 NIV).

In what ways do you identify, or not identify, with the… ego of the near-martyrs [found here in the book of Daniel]? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1226).

All my life I have suffered from a weak, intimidated ego. I have felt reluctant, even embarrassed, to assert myself. This has been the case not only in the company of those with power and authority over me—but even among casual strangers. I enviously reread the account of Shadrach’s, Meshach’s and Abednego’s gutsy, candid rebuke of powerful King Nebuchadnezzar. After throwing down the gauntlet under the King’s very nose, the three were subject to the readily predictable rage and retaliation of the powerful King.

Bottom line, in the last analysis the three were immune from intimidation not by the absence of fear of Nebuchadnezzar’s highly volatile ego and absolute power, but by their unwavering refusal to fear the ultimate threat of death's worst case. Death or violent physical harm is the old reliable persuader of last resort. It will always work in every case…so long as there is a strong fear of death. But have that thoroughly taken away, and the tables are turned—a whole new game now comes to town. We can see this new transformational reality played out in the lives of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others. Thus to effectively avoid all shades of intimidation, we must cut to the chase and bypass lesser fears and go after the final fear of death itself.

Print Page