Monday, September 30th, 2013
Busyness Plans (Part 13)
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:3 (NKJV)
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The Testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
Psalm 19:7 (NKJV)
The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.
Psalm 116:6 (NKJV)
Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of Heaven.'
Matthew 18:2-3 (NKJV)
Simple has two meanings: 1) 'Easy to understand, humble, unaffected, unassuming, not complicated and not luxurious;' 2) 'Ignorant, foolish or feeble-minded' (online dictionaries). Regarding the desired busyness of God's performers, I refer to the former: Simple is good.
'Let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one' (Matthew 5:37).
But the entertainment industry is twisted. Bad boys win. Good guys lose. Relationships are relative, loyalties are forsaken and contracts are forgotten--on camera and in life. Courtrooms, board rooms, crime labs, vampire lairs, police stations and hospitals house our biggest dramas. It's impossibly complicated.
How can actors, models and talent for Christ go into this world and not get lost? Jesus instructs: 'Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves' (Matthew 10:16). Meaning?
1) Jesus is your Shepherd: 'My sheep hear My Voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My Hand' (John 10:27-28). Whew! You're protected. Jesus will guide you. Be sure to follow His lead.
2) Become savvy about the world of entertainment: 'Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices' (2 Corinthians 2:11). Learn its rules and its culture. Respect them, but respect God more. He will give you favor and teach you how to survive and thrive in this world, but not to become of it--like Daniel did in Babylon.
3) Love is your calling card: 'By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another' (John 13:35); 'Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you' (Matthew 5:44). Your surprising behavior will intrigue millions.
So keep your busyness plan a simple one: 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great Commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two Commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets' (Matthew 22:37-40).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busyness Plans series.