Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
Complaining (Part 11)
They all complained, saying, 'He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.'
Luke 19:7 (NKJV)
The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, 'I am the Bread which came down from heaven.'
John 6:41 (NKJV)
When he had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood about and laid many serious complaints against Paul, which they could not prove...
Acts 25:7 (NKJV)
Jesus was unfairly judged. 'Crucify Him!' (Mark 15:13) is the worst call ever made. But Jesus didn't fight it. Instead, He used it to win. What the enemy intended for harm, 'God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives' (Genesis 50:20).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider five things:
1) If you're judged unfairly, you're in great company. Jesus said it would happen. It's a sign you're acting right. Expect it and keep going. You're up for a promotion.
2) Judging fairness is God's responsibility. Fairness means free from bias. All people carry bias. We're too small to know it all. So don't act like an expert.
3) Judging actions is God's responsibility. Only He knows all reasons. Only He knows every heart. Only He knows the ending. So take God's advice: don't judge.
4) Judging worldly people is not what Jesus did. Instead, He sat down with them. He did not call out their faults. He called out their loving hearts. Many became disciples.
5) Judgmental Christians misrepresent their Namesake. They've done a lot of damage. You must set the record straight. Giving our King the right press is your job in media.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Complaining series.