Saturday, February 4th, 2012
Actors (Part 1)
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
Hebrews 8:10-11 (NKJV)
On the most glorious day in the history of mankind, Jesus rose. Perhaps the next most glorious day is when the Holy Spirit descended: 'The Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things' (John 14:26).
'The Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me' (John 15:26).
1200 years later, St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) said, 'Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.' Still more: 'It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.'
About 800 years later, I asked my pastor (Dr. George S. Dillard of Peachtree City Christian Church) to recommend a book explaining the Book of Revelation. His answer? 'The Book of Revelation.' In other words, let God teach me directly what He wants me to know. Hmm.
Where's all this leading? Leading is the key word: the who and how of teachers, preachers, and actors for Christ.
Since I did not become a committed Christian until the age of 51, my Christian education was slim to none. I neither grew up in nor grew wise by church teaching and preaching.
Now eagerly immersed in Christ, I find myself surrounded by teachers and preachers, authors and speakers, mega churches and televangelists--all claiming to represent our Lord. Surely, many do. Yet, I am troubled by politics, hypocrisy, and disagreement.
Who are the best teachers? Who are the right preachers? Lead me, O Lord, and reveal these mysteries to me.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Actors series.