Monday, January 2nd, 2012
He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.'
Mark 16:15 (NIV)
Jesus spent 40 days in the desert getting ready for His ultimate mission. The Jews spent 40 years in the wilderness getting ready for their ultimate mission. Me, too. From the ages of 11-51, I was searching for God.
Why so long? Only God knows His master plan, but I can tell you one thing that kept me from committing to Him sooner: angry preachers. As a growing screenaholic in the late 60s, I remember television preachers screaming at me.
I saw angry billboards on the highway. I clearly recognized arrogance, hypocrisy, and 'Holier than thou' (Isaiah 65:5) attitudes during the 'age of Aquarius' (a.k.a. the abandonment of traditional values) in which I was raised.
Now in the 21st century, angry preachers calling themselves 'Christians' still scream; they walk a path of destruction leaving a trail of tears from two sets of victims: those naive enough to follow them, and those they turn away from Christ.
From the angel Gabriel, who brought us 'Good news of great joy that will be for all the people' (Luke 2:10), to Jesus Who was healing and 'Proclaiming the good news of God' (Mark 1:14), to His disciples who 'Preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ' (Acts 8:12)...
Our terms of engagement are clear. We are not to be grim reporters, foreboding prophets, or angry preachers. We are to be loving, compassionate, and joy-filled ambassadors of Christ in a dark and desperate world.
Actors, models, and talent for Christ: know your role. Your mission field is pivotal. As you dance into your destiny, remember His Words: 'As it is written, 'how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!' ' (Romans 10:15).
Smile. You're not only on 'Candid Camera' (television's first and most-watched reality TV show), but you're on God's camera, 'For the Eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him' (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Not just that, but also those who show that 'The joy of the Lord' (Nehemiah 8:10) is their strength.