Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Becoming (Part 5)
The prophets become wind, for the Word is not in them.
Jeremiah 5:13 (NKJV)
For the shepherds have become dull-hearted, and have not sought the Lord; Therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
Jeremiah 10:21 (NKJV)
And He said to them, 'Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
'This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far away from Me.
But in vain do they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'
Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.'
He was also saying to them, 'You are experts at setting aside the Commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.'
Mark 7:6-9 (NASB)
Nothing is more damaging to the cause of Christ than false Christians: not Isis, wars, dictators, atheists, antagonists, liberals, criminals, corruption, prodigals, persecution or disease; not even new laws about marriage or drugs. I'm not saying I agree with them, but their openly opposing agendas can help the cause of Christ. How?
Any agenda but God's will fail. The look of each collapse will vary, as will the timing of its delivery. But as God lives and His Word rules, lies will be exposed, wrongs will be righted and evil will fail. But the greater failure belongs to false Christians.
Consider our King's crucifixion: The Romans hung Him up, but the priests set Him up. Jesus said to Pilate, 'The one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin' (John 19:11). Because 'To one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin' (James 4:17). Because 'Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities' (Luke 12:48, The Message).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You don't have to read between the Lines of the Bible, because God is clear in His condemnation of false prophets. But you do need to rise above the stigma of false Christians, because parading pastors have muddied clear water.
But recently, see-through performers have exposed the Heart of Jesus. From them 'Flow rivers of living water' (John 7:38). God's Breath has brought this new wave, and 'The prince of the power of air' (Ephesians 2:2) can't stop it.
Your role? To ride the wave until it becomes a flood: to perform the love of Christ so convincingly; to represent the King of kings so earnestly; to fly higher than the crowd so beautifully; to sweep people off their feet so completely... that one by one seeking souls might look up, reach up and grasp the Saving Hand of Grace.
Even so, disturbing questions hang like holes in the front yard. How did Christians become false? Were their hearts truly given? Did they leave their first Love?* Perhaps these answers are intentionally confidential.
Instead, focus on the mission. Fill gaps of understanding with faith, step beyond your church yard, head toward the beaches of media, polish the surfboard of your talent, and ride high for the glory of God.
To Be Continued...
* The Loveless Church: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=rev+2%3A1-7&version=NKJV
* Previous AMTC Devotion series: The Question Of Salvation: http://amtcdevotions.org/the-question-of-salvation-part-1-what-question
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Becoming series.