Bad Ideas (Part 29)
Don't Waste Your Time!
Then they came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!' Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy on me!' And Jesus stopped and said, 'Call him here.' So they called the blind man, saying to him, 'Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.' Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. And answering him, Jesus said, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' And the blind man said to Him, 'Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!' And Jesus said to him, 'Go; your faith has made you well.' Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.
Mark 10:46-52 (NASB)
Many readers of AMTC's devotions know my transformation story: how I found Jesus; how He called my kids; how AMTC's name and purpose changed.* Since then, Adam (my son-in-law), has led this charge with daring and humility. I've not met a more sincere believer.
So with AMTC's new commission, Adam wanted churches to know of us - that they might tell their talented members. He resolved to offer them scholarships: giving one to each church to distribute. We sent letters of purpose to pastors. Adam then followed up personally.
Of the many dozens he contacted, not one single church agreed to see him. They were too busy with pressing demands to think of something so unusual said by someone so different from them.** Thank God Jesus doesn't see things that way.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: When you're too busy to see people, then you need to slow down and pray up. Jesus was absolutely famous: the biggest Celebrity around. Mobs tracked and followed Him everywhere. His disciples tried to disband them, but the Great Shepherd tended His sheep.
He never lost the Personal touch. He made time for each sincere request. So through your journeys in media, when popularity can tempt you into vanity or seclusion, refuse pride and wrong-minded handlers. Hearing one person is time well spent.
To Be Continued
* My transformation story (and how it changed AMTC): http://amtcworld.org/mission/amtcs-transformation/
** This being said, other pastors and church leaders heard God's call to go forth into media. They sought out and supported AMTC in many ways (including two who are on our board). For us, this refusal by many and acceptance by few gives new meaning to these Words from Jesus: 'No one can come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me draws him' (John 6:44).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.