Sunday, February 19th, 2012
Coming Out Parties
Therefore 'Come out from among them and be separate,' says the Lord.
2 Corinthians 6:17 (NKJV)
I do not pray that You should take them out of the world...
John 17:15 (NKJV)
The 'come out from among them' scripture has been misinterpreted by Christians who separated themselves from earth's perceived evils by churches with high walls. But Jesus said to seek out sinners and run toward prodigals.
I believe the 'come out' scripture is an entreaty to 'come out' from the crowd, make your faith known, and lead with excellence and humility.
New York Knicks sensation, Jeremy Lin, inspired a new word called 'Linsanity.' He sees his fame this way: 'Society loves sports and society loves basketball and that's a good way for me to spread The Word.'
Entertainment mogul, Tyler Perry, went from homelessness to owning an empire. His advice? 'It doesn't matter if a million people tell you what you can't do, or if ten million tell you no. If you get one yes from God, that's all you need.'
TV star, Sherri Shepherd, came out publicly with her past struggles and present commitment to God: 'When I pray, I call God 'Daddy.' '
Boxing world champion, Manny Pacquiao, pulls no punches: 'I owe everything to God. He gives me strength... With God on your side, anything is possible. You can do things you thought you could only dream about.'
Teen heartthrob, Justin Bieber, shows a better example than teen idols before him: 'The success I've achieved comes to me from God... Everyday we wake up is another blessing. Follow your dreams and don't let anyone stop you.'
Football's most followed quarterback, Tim Tebow, throws his faith further than any football: 'You and I were created by God to be so much more than normal... Following the crowd is not a winning approach to life. In the end it's a loser's game, because we never become who God created us to be by trying to be like everybody else.'
Victoria's Secret super-model, Kylie Bisutti, realized her true destiny when she resigned from Victoria's Secret: 'I didn't really want to be that kind of role model for younger girls, because I had a lot of younger Christian girls that were looking up to me.' (Kylie still models--just not lingerie.)
It is written, 'A Star shall come out of Jacob' (Numbers 24:17). His Name is Jesus.
Many stars shall come forth from Him. They are actors, models, and talent for Christ. Their coming out parties are just getting started.