Friday, June 27th, 2014
Christian Pitfalls (Part 34, Conclusion)
How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart:
'I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.'
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit.
Isaiah 14:12-15 (NKJV)
Pride was the first sin. Arguably, pride is the worst sin. Will it be the last sin? Pride came from the heart of Lucifer, God's brilliant and beautiful angel: a leader in His worship band. But he wanted more, and a black hole grew within him. He wanted to be a superstar: 'I will exalt my throne above the stars of God' (Isaiah 14:13).
Pride is the American idol. I am pretty, talented, smart, rich and exalted. I am powerful, popular, athletic, driven and accomplished. I work harder. I jump higher. I can invent things. I can charm and outwit. I can captivate and create. I am better.
Here's the chief problem with pride: it is never satisfied. Better wants to be best. Our obsession with titles illustrates mankind's unquenchable desire to be #1: the top.
So the Top came to the bottom. His Name was Jesus. He came to set the record straight, to reveal the real path to the top: humility.
Jesus rose to oppose pride. He rose by way of a Cross on top of a hill. His position of submission was the pinnacle of His Life on earth. When He became the lowest Man, He became the highest Man: the King of kings who chose humility as His cloak, truth as His weapon--and love as His elevator.
Jesus defeated pride. He humiliated it, and Satan fell--again.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I believe the reason Satan has remained earth's puppet king is to allow you the time to rise: that you may reveal Jesus to all the world. False christs abound. Insiders are confused. Outsiders? Even more.
We're in the final act of this play. So rise and shine. But do it in humility. Wear it as a cloak. In it, you will find righteousness. Truth is your weapon. It's a two-sided sword. Shave yourself with it every morning to keep it sharp. Then use it on the enemy: pride.
Consider love to be your cross. It's not supposed to be easy: to bless your enemies, to give up success, to love the unloveable in a land of evil giants. But you're the generation of Davids and Esthers, Daniels and Marys: they preceded you. Now it's your turn.
So sail over every Christian pitfall on the wings of media--by humility, truth and love. Right now, God has hit 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2) with a stun gun. Every act of humility stuns him again--to give you space and presence in this mission field.
So rise. Jesus showed you how.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Pitfalls series.