Friday, January 5th, 2018
Beginnings (Part 21)
Your New Performance
To the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
1 Corinthians 9:22 (NKJV) *CALLOUT TO ACTORS!
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV) *CALLOUT TO MODELS!
He has put a new song in my mouth--Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.
Psalm 40:3 (NKJV) *CALLOUT TO SINGERS!
How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!'
Romans 10:14-15 (NKJV) *CALLOUT TO DANCERS, ATHLETES & MOVERS!
Performers for God: you're tightrope walkers on a high wire, but earth's gone wireless. Better said, the wire is invisible and increasingly dangerous. Because the line separating good from evil is no longer clear. One missed step invites a fall.
Here's the thing: celebrities fall frequently, but the enemy makes their landing seem easy, even fun: a quick kiss, small drink or little deal--then a lift back up. Hot air is abundant. Soon, stars dive willingly -- into a culture of corruption.
Performers for God: To be stars for God, consider four things:
1) Walking in entertainment is like walking on water: it's gutsy and glorious. Remember Peter's courage, why he fell, and how he rose again.
2) Jesus is your Lift, Balance and Safety Net. A slip may bring a bruise, but it will not be fatal. Instead, it will teach you to keep your eyes on Him.
3) To get the world's attention, you must be new and surprisingly good. To get God's support, you must act new and surprisingly good.*
4) To contain God's talent under the roof of a church is an above-ground burial: the kind they did in Bible days.
But Jesus walked out of the tomb and into the world. You've been called to do the same.
To Be Continued...
* 'Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor' (1 Corinthians 10:24).
* 'The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness' and 'self-control' (Galatians 5:22-23).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beginnings series. To read similar devotions, please see the All Things New series.