Sunday, February 5th, 2012
Actors (Part 2, Conclusion)
Acting Is Becoming
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 8:11 (NKJV)
Jesus clearly told us to preach; 'And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come' (Matthew 24:14).
Jesus clearly told us to witness; 'And you also will bear witness' (John 15:27).
He is just as clear about teaching; 'And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ' (Matthew 23:10).
'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men' (Mark 7:6-7). As His followers, we are not head teachers, only assistants.
'For the Holy Spirit will teach you' (Luke 12:12).
Jesus also said, 'A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher' (Luke 6:40). The point? Beware Christian teachers without humility. Beware Christian teachers with images so large you cannot see through them to Jesus.
How does this relate to performers within the movement of actors, models, and talent for Christ?
Since we know we are to preach (to proclaim or make known, Random House Dictionary) and we know we are to witness (to give or afford evidence of) Christ, the most effective way to make known and give evidence of Christ is to act it out, to act Him out--not in words necessarily, but in actions always.
Actress and producer, Traycee King, claims her best piece of acting advice came from a coach who said 'Acting shouldn't be called acting, but becoming.'
Therein do actors, models, and talent for Christ become Christ - both on stage and off. The best ambassadors for Christ are actors.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Actors series.