Thursday, January 1st, 2015
All Things New (Part 1)
Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Judges 21:25 (NKJV)
The Word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.
1 Samuel 3:1 (NKJV)
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.
Proverbs 29:18 (NKJV)
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Matthew 24:12 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: A time of revelation is at hand, a time ordained by 'The Ancient of Days' (Daniel 7:22), a time directed by His 'Righteous Right Hand' (Isaiah 41:10). Like a gentle rain, newness descends upon the entertainment industry. It is a latter rain for latter days.
'He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water' (John 7:38).
You have roles to play for such a time as this: a time of darkness, lawlessness and stupor. Because it's also a time of newness. Enter stage right, actors, models and talent for Christ: a movement of faith with a new kind of star.
'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Did bad get bold, so good would get bolder? So good would shed its complacency, abandon religiosity, and shine like a beacon of truth?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You are part of God's great reveal: 'A striking disclosure... of something not before realized' (Random House Dictionary)... 'in a dramatic or surprising way' (British Dictionary).*
Your job? Be surprising Christians. Be surprisingly talented. Even more, be surprisingly loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled. The world is dying for the nourishment you carry.
You bring a striking disclosure of something not before realized in a dramatic and surprising way. Wandering stars are old news: celebrities who are raging, depressed, troubled, demanding, uncaring, immoral, unfaithful, crude and self-indulgent.
Consider one thing the entertainment industry and the Lord of Hosts have in common: newness. Both of them love it. Both of them reward it. By His newness, you will rise.
To Be Continued...
* Definitions of revelation.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things New series.