Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Becoming (Part 10)
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV)
He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him Who is the Head, even Christ,
Ephesians 4:11-15 (NASB)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If you 'Fight the good fight of faith' (1 Timothy 6:12), 'As a good soldier of Jesus Christ' (2 Timothy 2:3), 'Against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms' (Ephesians 6:12), then you must become warriors. But warriors aren't children. They're mature believers.
Are American Christians suffering from malnutrition of The Word? Has our growth been stunted by excessive amounts of baby formula? Are God's hard Parts cut into small bites with sugar on top? Is every meal followed by pats on the back?
'For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the Word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil' (Hebrews 5:13-14).
By every indication, many big churches run like smart restaurants. To keep customers happy, consider this three-step recipe: 1. Make the food taste good; 2. Dress it up on the plate; 3. Serve it quickly and consistently in a pleasant environment.
If Jesus is 'The Word' (John 1:1) and 'The Bread of Life' (John 6:35), should pastors withhold or alter It? Should we settle for less?*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: As warriors in the field of entertainment, you fight with love, excellence and wisdom. As warriors in the realm of the Spirit, you fight with the Word of God. If you know It, eat It, and grow from Its Contents, you become effective warriors.
Because your victory in media is like Clark Kent as a newspaper reporter. Your day job is a set up for your real job: to save the world. Except Jesus is Superman, and you're Lois Lane: His smart, brave and beautiful love interest. So learn your Lines.
To Be Continued...
* 'A church that does not exist to reclaim heathenism, to fight evil, to destroy error, to put down falsehood, a church that does not exist to take the side of the poor, to denounce injustice and to hold up righteousness, is a church that has no right to be. Not for yourself, O church, do you exist, any more than Christ existed for Himself' (Charles Spurgeon, slight paraphrase).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Becoming series.