Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Character Development (Part 7)
A Knockout Punch
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles.
Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
James 5:7-8 (NKJV)
From my observation post in the ministry of Actors, Models and Talent for Christ, I see the largest stumbling block for God's talent to be one word that carries a knockout punch: impatience.
Our get-it-now generation is shortsighted. For some, everything has come easy: good grades, good looks, good talent, good friends, good family and good church. They serve a very good God Who has given them much. Many know they have a Great Commission, but they expect it to come easy, too. I call this group the 'Christian Have's.'
For others, things have come harder. They've been knocked around, and they're still reeling. They're tough and determined to get out of the pit. They're believing for a blessing. Surely God will give it quickly--so they can catch up with the 'Have's.' I call this group the 'Christian Have Not's.'
Both the Have's and the Have Not's are impatient for their starring roles: the success God promises, the success they deserve. But their expectation comes from the world's standards--not His.
The timeline for the success of God's stars in the Bible tells a different story: many of His top stars waited decades for their headline performances--including Jesus. They understood their Director operates by a different clock.
Scripture prepared them to wait. The lines they rehearsed reminded them that God has countless story lines to get in order--that the success they achieved wasn't just for them, but for millions more. Today's stars need to learn those same lines: lines more important than any other script.
Without Scripture, actors, models and talent for Christ are vulnerable to the demon of impatience: he carries a character flaw that can knock them out of entertainment. Because this mighty mission field demands God's best characters.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Character Development series.