Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
Giving (Part 1)
Joseph had a dream...
Genesis 37:5 (NASB)
The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon. And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt.
Genesis 41:32-33 (NIV)
No Word from God will ever fail.
Luke 1:37 (NIV)
It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent It.
Isaiah 55:11 (NASB)
God gave young Joseph two dreams. But like great pictures in a deep, dark room, they took 16 years to develop. God gave Pharaoh two dreams, but it took Joseph to develop them and 14 more years for the world to see them.
Some of you know the story of AMTC's founding. It began as the dream of my mother, Millie Lewis, an American girl in the 1930s. The Great Depression heard her profession: evangelism. She wanted to travel and talk of God. But that didn't seem to happen. Instead, war happened.
Outside, it was World War ll. Inside, it was a bad dad. Her travel became a quest for freedom. On a trip to New York, she got discovered by a photographer and became a cover girl. Instead of modeling Christ, she modeled clothes. Her evangelism became materialism. Or so it seemed.
Because the seed of Actors, Models and Talent was sown. It took 60 years to develop (or germinate). But when it grew, it grew big and fast. I was born again at 51. Glynis, Lexy, Adam and AMTC were all in their 20s.
But how does this story relate to giving? Here's how: God gave a dream to my mom. She spoke it to me, although it made no sense at the time. But when she spoke it me, she gave it to me. Years later, I gave it to my kids, and voila! A lost and forgotten seed became a beautiful tree. A drop of Living Water became a wave of motion.
Today, that wave is moving millions through media, giving truth, hope and a new kind of freedom: a freedom from the oppression of materialism. The enemy could not steal my mother's dream. What he intended for evil, 'God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives' (Genesis 50:20).
Even a seed that falls by the wayside, gets ingested by a bird and discarded as its waste... can later fall on good ground to yield a stunning crop. Consider a hundredfold by a hundredfold by a hundredfold. You get the picture. So will millions more.
On 21st century screens comes a new kind of evangelism, a new kind of Christian and a new kind of giving.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Giving series.