Friday, August 7th, 2015
All Things (Part 21)
Require Good Actors
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)
Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
1 Corinthians 10:32-33 (NKJV)
Today, an actor is a performer. To be good at it implies excellence. Both acting and excellence are required to rise in the fields of entertainment. As in sports, it combines talent and work.
Yesterday, an actor was a doer.* To be good at it implied godliness. Both doing and godliness were required to rise as disciples of Jesus Christ. As He said, it combined talent and work.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you are called to carry two standards: man's and God's. As evangelists in media, your job is to look good and act right: to become magnetic attractors and modern ambassadors for Christ. This takes an unusual witness.
It's unusual because Christians have been seen as bigots: holier-than-thou, finger-pointing, religious hypocrites. I ask your pardon for using such blunt and hard-to-hear words. But as a veteran outsider, I know what the world thinks. Even so, our Commission is to go and carry Good News.
Consider this twelve-step program: 1) Polish and invest God's talents. 2) Uncover them and show them off. 3) Plan a surprise, worldwide witness. 4) Be hot, cool, kind and well-prepared. 5) Beat the enemy at his game. 6) Show your fans the Face of Jesus...
7) It's smiling and hospitable. 8) Show your fans the body of Christ. 9) It's open and nonjudgmental. 10) Offer your fans true Nourishment. 11) It's real Bread and Living Water. 12) It's fruit of the Holy Spirit.***
'Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world' (Philippians 2:14-15).
To Be Continued...
* The root of the word, actor (act), comes from a Latin word, actus, which means 'a doing.'
** The Parable of the Talents: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV
*** The fruit of the Holy Spirit: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=gal%205:22-23&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things series.