Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Field Of Dreams (Part 19)
Your Casting Call
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you.
Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
Isaiah 60:1-3 (NAS)
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on It day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in It. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:8-9 (ESV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your entry into the field of dreams called media is a life and death casting call--but the lives in question are not your own. You perform for millions of others. So don't be deterred. Don't be impatient. Don't be scared. Don't complain, and don't give up!
Learn from the trials of God's chosen people on the way to the Promised Land. God's lessons for them are lessons for us, but we have one undeniable Advantage: Jesus. By Him, 'Death is swallowed up in victory' (1 Corinthians 15:54). In other words, He won our parts in advance.
He gave His future fighters (us) new terms of engagement. Unlike the children of Israel in the Promised Land, we no longer have to draw blood to win our battles. He already did it, and the Blood He shed was His Own: a one-time Seal of the deal God continues to offer His followers.
Today, the Captain of our salvation calls His performers into active duty. 'Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation' (2 Corinthians 6:2). For you, it's an air-time invitation--but preparation is necessary, because we fight a savvy foe. If he can't kill you (he can't), he'll do his best to silence you.
On the plus side, your role in this drama called media awaits you. You were made for it. It was a set up for you before you were born. Because God parted the sea of sin-sationalism about five years ago--like when He parted the Jordan before the children of Israel's entrance into Canaan.
Because for forty years prior (1968-2008), media's main mogul, 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2), ran an unchecked operation. At the same time, most of God's people ran scared. We closed our eyes, hearts and doors to the destruction set before us. We were in the wilderness.
But for now, this airtime prince has been leashed by the Station Owner, Who is God. He's opened doors for you that were closed for decades prior. The only possible show-stopper is you--if you deny God's call or forget His Lines--without repentance.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Field of Dreams series.