Friday, January 17th, 2014
Acting School (Part 17)
We should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him Who is the Head--Christ.
Ephesians 4:14-15 (NKJV)
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV)
To our Father in Heaven, we are children. Hopefully, we are loving and obedient children. When we act badly, we receive correction. 'For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights' (Proverbs 3:12). God's correction is a blessing, and we must never ignore it, or He may ignore us.
But to people on Earth, we are leaders. Hopefully, we are humble and wise leaders--like Jesus. To fulfill this role, we must grow up into mature disciples. We won't be perfect until graduation, because acting like Christ is a process. Consider some of the homework assignments in Ephesians:
1) 'But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks' (Ephesians 5:3-4). When you see bad acts or hear about bad actors, don't discuss them. Don't joke about them. If you do, you're fueling the wrong flame.
2) 'Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them' (Ephesians 5:6-7). Often, what you want to hear is not what you need to hear. Easy words and big promises, not aligned with God's Word, are bags of hot air: balloons that rise for a minute only to be popped by the Sun of Righteousness--and fall flat.
3) 'And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit' (Ephesians 5:18). Consider this definition of dissipation: 'excessive expenditure; wasting' (Random House Dictionary). Intoxication is wasting God's deposit of talent and time in you. Of this Scripture, Matthew Henry explains: 'Time is a talent given us by God, and it is misspent and lost when not employed according to his design.'
Actors, models and talent for Christ: time is short and the enemy seeks your dissipation: the wasting of your witness. Therefore, be vigilant to lead your generation--that others might grow up by following your example.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting School series.