Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Beautiful! Like Esther (Part 25)
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
Isaiah 61:1-3 (NKJV)
We serve the God of transformation. He is the Creator, the Builder and the Redeemer. His transformations are everywhere, but consider a few: darkness to light, dust to men, caterpillars to butterflies, acorns to oak trees, mourning to dancing, ashes to beauty, depression to joy--even death to life: 'That He may be glorified.'
Glory has a lot of definitions, but my favorite is illumination, as in the brilliant illumination of the invisible God. If we have trouble believing His Word (many do), or maybe others have misrepresented His Word (many have)... then 'At least believe on the evidence of the works themselves' (John 14:11).
The story of Esther is a story of transformation. A poor girl from a defeated nation becomes the rich queen of a conquering nation--only to help her condemned brethren rise to abundant lives with her.
The story of Jesus is the ultimate story of transformation. The Son of God leaves His throne to become a poor Man in a defeated nation--only to help a condemned world rise to abundant lives with Him.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, your destiny is the same as Esther and Jesus: transformation. Instead of conforming to man's standards by peer pressure, you must be transformed to God's standard by His pressure--like clay being molded, silver being refined or trees being pruned into fruitful positions.
Today, media is like a pressure cooker sitting on a bed of coals. Sparks fly and stars rise. Contracts are signed and freedom is lost. Transformation comes, but into what? Top performers grow into the images of their kings.
If you're a Spirit-filled believer of the Most High God, you have a contract, too. It's a Covenant that supersedes all other agreements. You have a responsibility to grow into the Image of your King. His Name is Jesus, and He is indescribably beautiful.
'But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord' (2 Corinthians 3:18).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beautiful Like Esther series.