Sunday, November 9th, 2014
Dream Haters (Part 6)
Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.
Luke 8:16 (NASB)
Arise, shine; for your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
Isaiah 60:1 (NKJV)
The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.
Isaiah 9:2 (NKJV)
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great Light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.
Matthew 4:16 (NKJV)
Jesus, the Word of God, talks frequently about our destiny to be the light, which is purely a reflection of His glory. Because He is 'The True Light' (John 1:9), 'The Sun of Righteousness' (Malachi 4:2) and 'The Light of the world' (John 8:12).
In addition to our destiny, shining is also our duty. But remember: shining, becoming polished reflectors of Jesus, is a process: 'And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His Image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, Who is the Spirit' (2 Corinthians 3:18).
By the indwelling of His Holy Spirit, by the hearing of His Word, by the contemplation of His works, by the carrying of our cross, by the practices of prayer and praise, we glow... increasingly. Whoever considered shining a job description?
God, for One. Entertainment, for two. Satan, for three.
If you've got star potential, 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2) wants to use it. The king of media will do everything possible to win you to his side. It's a wartime battle for God's performers. To be safe, you must be vigilant in fellowship, Scripture, prayer, and the practice of holiness.
But here's the thing: Not to rise and shine is more dangerous. By all indications, God hates a lukewarm performance.
Consider a far more common danger within our 21st century church: shine shaders. They come in two cover choices: 1) The roof of your church. If you don't step out into the world, your light is contained. Satan may be satisfied with this choice, but God is not.
2) Christian naysayers: brethren who are offended by entertainment and detest sinful stars. They want you to play it safe, like them. But remember the actions and Words of Jesus: 'I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance' (Luke 5:32).*
Actors, models and talent for Christ, allow no one to limit your light. Not every Christian is courageous. Not every Christian is willing to carry God's light into a dark world.
Even so, that's your job description. Even more, 'The brightness of your rising' (Isaiah 60:3) is heralded.
To Be Continued...
* 'I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent' (New Living Translation).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Dream Haters series.