Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Brilliant Evangelism (Part 2, Conclusion)
Preaching By Example
I will make you jealous by that which is not a nation, by a nation without understanding will I anger you. And Isaiah is very bold and says, 'I was found by those who did not seek me, I became manifest to those who did not ask for me.'
Romans 10:19-20 (NAS)
God's performers, you have an assignment as acting ambassadors in 'that which is not a nation,' Hollywood--for those 'without understanding': the confused, the lost, the prodigals.
Your wardrobe? The cool factor + hope. You must be ready to share with anyone 'Who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you' (1 Peter 3:15).
Your role? More important than you know--a drama of life and death. The best result of your successful performance is not money or fame, but the passing along of a golden ticket; this ticket has nothing to do with American Idol, but everything to do with God.
'For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 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 10:13-15).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ, you are preaching by example. Your beautiful feet are walking the hills of Hollywood and the streets of New York. Your very presence brings glad tidings of good things.
Actors, models, and talent for Christ, you are creating a church without a roof. You are blowing the top off of conventional religion. You are bringing Jesus 'to those who did not ask for' Him, and you are provoking an overly-confident church to jealousy.
In a perfectly polished, double-edged sword of God, you are reflecting Christ--not only to those who have never believed, but also to believers who have grown complacent.
This is brilliant evangelism.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Brilliant Evangelism series.