For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end...
Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.
Run in such a way that you may win.
God's Word is filled with happy endings: times of joy, people of love, and days of plenty. 'So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife' (Ruth 4:13); 'So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him' (2 Samuel 5:10).
Consider three things Ruth, David, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Mary, Jesus (and every Bible hero) have in common: 1) An overriding love of God; 2) An overriding faith in God; 3) An overriding endurance through hardship: overriding every obstacle, delay and doubt--including death itself.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Paul tells the new church to 'Run in such a way that you may win.' Yes, you should love Jesus and follow Him. Yes, you should shape up and look good. Yes, you should lead others and be kind. But you must also stay in it to win it. Don't leave the race.
You are called to reach all nations through media: to love a warring world filled with hate; to light a darkened world filled with lies; to lift a jaded world filled with hype; to spur a lazy world filled with but's; to clothe a naked world filled with lust. To show a seeking world God's true Face.
You are called to lead American Christians through revival: to refuse a snug church clothed in comfort; to unite a split church torn by strife; to open a closed church bound by walls; to exhort a faint church scared to move; to inspire a new church built on love.
But for both missions, you need endurance. So don't believe the enemy's lines about stardom: what it looks like, how to get it or when it's coming. Because when you follow a lie you may get hooked, miss the Truth, and settle down. That's the wrong surrender.
God's way is a path of patience, a path through suffering, a path to completion. It was walked by His Son.
'The valley of the shadow of death' (Psalm 23:4) has a different look for each of us. But no matter what it looks like to you, hold on to your dream, your mission and this movement of God's performers into the entertainment industry.
Because His Story has a happy ending, and we want millions of people to see It!
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Becoming series.