Sunday, January 18th, 2015
All Things New (Part 18)
Your New Performance
To the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
1 Corinthians 9:22 (NKJV) *CALLOUT TO ACTORS!
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV) *CALLOUT TO MODELS!
He has put a new song in my mouth--Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.
Psalm 40:3 (NKJV) *CALLOUT TO SINGERS!
How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!'
Romans 10:14-15 (NKJV) *CALLOUT TO DANCERS, ATHLETES & MOVERS!
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you're tightrope walkers on a high wire, but earth's gone wireless. So today, the wire is invisible and increasingly dangerous. Because the line separating up from down, right from wrong, and good from bad is no longer clear. One missed step invites a fall.
Here's the thing: celebrities fall frequently, but the enemy makes their landing seem easy, even fun: a quick kiss, a small drink or a little deal--then a lift back up. Hot air is abundant. Pretty soon, stars dive willingly, but it's a baptism of a different kind: an immersion in a culture of corruption. Clearly, highs and lows are common among entertainers.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: To be a star for God on the airwaves of media, consider four things: 1) Walking in entertainment is like walking on water: it's gutsy and glorious. Remember Peter's courage, why he fell, and how he rose again.* 2) Jesus is your Lift, your Balance and your Safety Net. A slip may bring a bruise, but it will not be fatal. Instead, it will teach you to keep your eyes on Him.
3) To get the world's attention, you must be new and surprisingly good. To get God's support, you must act new and surprisingly good.** 4) To contain God's talent under the roof of a church is like an above-ground burial: the kind they did in Bible days. We're shrouded and entombed.
But God removed the veil of separation upon the sacrifice of Jesus, the Romans removed the temple walls upon the stubbornness of priests, and you've been called to remove church barriers between God and His people.
To Be Continued...
* Jesus and Peter walk on water: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2014:22-33
** 'Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor' (1 Corinthians 10:24).
** 'The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness' and 'self-control' (Galatians 5:22-23).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things New series.