Monday, July 30th, 2012
Deal Breakers (Part 1: Not Knowing The Game)
But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.
Matthew 22:11-12 (NKJV)
Then the kingdom of Heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them.
Matthew 25:1-3 (NKJV)
For many are called, but few are chosen.
Matthew 22:14 (NKJV)
The last four parables in the Book of Matthew concern our preparation for end times. The parables of The Wedding Feast, The Wise and Foolish Virgins, and The Talents focus on gifts and invitations from the Lord, and The Fig Tree is about timing.
The world's Face-to-face meeting with Jesus draws near. As does our own.
In these parables, the Lord's invited guests, selected betrothed, and entrusted servants are called to Him. Some are ready. Others are not. The greatest opportunity in our world is gained or missed, blessed or cursed. And the result? Life or death.
I want to tell you a story from an AMTC convention. It happened at an 'Agents Panel Discussion,' where industry professionals sit on stage to answer questions from performers and parents. One parent asked a question that brought silence to the room. No VIP wanted to answer it.
Here's the question: 'If ten models were brought to your agency to work, how many succeed?' Understand this fact: busy agents work on commission, so no one is invited to join who is not physically qualified. In other words, those called up must have the God-given talent to succeed.
One agent finally picked up the microphone. Here's what she said: 'If ten new models came to my agency at the start of the summer, in one month five would be gone. By summer's end, three more. By the end of the year, we will have one or two successful models.'
The other agents on stage nodded in reluctant agreement. The secret was out. The great majority of qualified models and talent (those who possess the look, the gift, and the invitation that millions dream about) wash out.
Why? They weren't prepared. 'Many are called, but few are chosen.'
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deal Breakers series.