Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near.
Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming... be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
Actors, models and talent for Christ must rise to starring roles in a 'hurry up and wait' business.
Consider the American Heritage definition of 'hurry up and wait': To 'move quickly and then have to wait for something or someone... This expression dates from the 1940s and probably originated in the armed services.'
Physically, a performer for God is a good talent in show business. Spiritually, a performer for God is 'A good soldier of Jesus Christ' (2 Timothy 2:3). Consider yourself to be one person with two identities: an actor and a soldier, a lamb and a lion, Clark Kent and Superman.
Because a Carpenter was God. Therein, you are harmless as a dove but as wise as a serpent (see Matthew 10:16). You are in this world, but not of it. How do these two roles relate to 'hurry up and wait'?
'Hurry up and wait' is a prime directive from God and man; from the King of kings and the kings of entertainment. Therefore, you must learn this action step to be successful for Him and them.
The world says, 'Ready, set, go!' Jesus says, 'You do not belong to the world' (John 15:19). God's dividing line is perfectly clear. Although Satan cannot erase it, he can try to cover it up. The greatest cover-up in the history of the world grows now in media.
Many of God's children are confused. They jump out of the blocks before God says 'Go' and scratch out. They step over the line and disqualify.
Your job is to clean the field and uncover His lines, to silence the noise and listen for God, to run His race and win it. Therefore, learn His lines, including this one:
'Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God' (Romans 12:2).
Instead of 'ready, set, go,' I propose 'hurry up and wait.' 'Wait' is the missing step between 'set' and 'go.'
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hurry Up And Wait series.