Monday, August 27th, 2012
Finding Favor (Part 5: The Bottom Line, Conclusion)
Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds Me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 8:34-35 (NKJV)
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, Who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption--that, as it is written, 'He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.'
1 Corinthians 1:30-31 (NKJV)
Proverbs 8:34-35 tells us we are blessed if we listen, watch, and wait for wisdom. Jesus is wisdom. Jesus is righteousness. When we find Him, we find favor.
Actors, models, and talent for Christ: you perform in favor. Because God's favor is a 'must-have' to survive and thrive in the entertainment industry. 'For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield' (Psalm 5:12).
Your shield is unassailable and impregnable: success from a God-given height, success the enemy can't touch, success like Jesus on the cross--but your cross is fame. Yes, it is heavy and it puts you on display. People will cheer. Others will jeer, but many will follow you to God.
Success like Tim Tebow, one of the five most marketable people on earth. The enemy cannot touch his success--nor the scripture he writes on his cheek.
Success like Kathy Ireland, supermodel turned super-mogul of a two-billion dollar company that bears her name--while she bears His Name in an 'I Am Second' interview.
Success like Gabby Douglas, who struck gold as Best Overall Gymnast in the London Olympics. She tweeted, 'Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me.'
Success like Sherrie Shepherd, who says without God in her life, she'd be in jail, on drugs, or dead. Instead, she's a TV host, comedian, and actress--who never backs down from her faith.
Therefore, work like a superstar, but act like Jesus--Who practiced mercy, truth, humility, sacrifice, and service. In Him you will find favor: a favor that sets you up for undeniable success.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Finding Favor series.