Standard life is a costly endeavor. There is a price, for maintaining a great standard life you see today. Many people are not interested in paying the price for standard life, but yet expect to see results, so maintaining the price of being a standard is very important.
Now according to Mathew 13:44-46, Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. So every prize has a price. The level of dignity you command; is a function of the price you are willing to pay. Every great accomplishment, therefore is a product of a great price paid. Every global impact will, demand a global price. There is no short cut to greatness, and there are no short cuts to anywhere of great importance. The price of being a standard or trailblazer, is indeed very high. Self discipline will be required of you; if you desire to be a standard among your contemporaries. From our anchor scripture, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are good examples of people who paid the price to be a standard. Although they were captives in a strange land, they stood up to be counted for their loyalty to the God of Israel, even though it came at a high price that required them to pass through King Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace.
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One point to note from this story is that the king’s decree was not only directed at the Hebrew boys; it was for all officials in the realm of the king, including a number of other Jews. Only God knows how many of those other Jews allowed their faith to be compromised; in order to avert the King’s anger. I suppose they were many. In any case, the stand taken by the three Hebrew boys was the price they had to pay to become standards for the other Jews to follow. We must learn from Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego that to become a standard, we must first stand out. Therefore maintaining the price of being a standard is vital.