Sunday, December 18th, 2016
Do-Gooders (Part 33)
They fell on their faces; and they said, 'The Lord, He is God; the Lord, He is God.'
1 Kings 18:39 (NASB)
After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him.
Matthew 2:11 (NASB)
And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His Face and prayed.
Matthew 26:39 (NASB)
The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb.
Revelation 5:8 (NASB)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If casting can also mean throwing, then consider throwing yourselves down in face-to-the-floor humility. Because men were designed to worship. The only questions are who and how.
Strong, confident individuals may disagree with this destiny. Even so, work and independence can become objects of devotion. But when life is boiled down to its root, man's worship goes one of two places: toward the Lord or His enemy.
Satan asked it of Jesus the Man, in two of three wilderness trials:
'If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down...' (Matthew 4:6).
'Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, 'All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me' ' (Matthew 4:8-9).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: The devil offers worship decoys, like money, power and possessions--or entertaining celebrities. The world promotes their adoration. Lives are spent in their acquisition.
So remember the One you worship, but forget modern church correctness. Sure, worship can be a lovely song. Before His death, Jesus sang a hymn,* and David wrote scores of worship songs. But in your private time, copy Christ: prostrate yourself face-down on the floor.
It's hard to get uppity that way.
To Be Continued...
* ' 'But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom.' After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives' (Matthew 26:29-30).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.