You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, that what is made would say to its maker, 'He did not make me'; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, 'He has no understanding'?
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: perhaps you grow tired of me saying that Jesus, the Man, chose an unremarkable appearance on purpose
. Or that artists and filmmakers have misrepresented Him as handsome. Or that neither Jesus, nor any disciple, is physically described in the New Testament, even though many Bible heroes are described as handsome or beautiful in the Old Testament.
Why? What does this have to do with you? Consider:
If the Lord God Almighty sees the past, present and future, then He knew the reign of media would come in the 20th and 21st centuries. Perhaps that's why Satan was given a title that puzzled Bible theologians of previous centuries. In Ephesians 2:2, he's called 'The prince of the power of the air.' *
How could yesterday's scholars understand today's media? Or Satan's dominance through it... in the cleverest possible ways?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: avoid the beauty traps called makeovers. Don't get me wrong: polish is good, fitness is better, and media kings like both. Even so, millions of people cross the line and jump the broomstick. They marry the king of plastic.
Their offspring? Phony faces, bound bellies, highlighted hair, new noses and sculpted skin. They don't just say, 'Yes to the dress,' they build colossal closets for whopping wardrobes.** As if conforming to the beauty standards of 'The prince of the power of the air' could ever make anyone happy.
Instead, be original. Work with what God gave you, and don't try to improve on His original design. All too easily, makeovers became fakeovers.
To Be Continued...
* Ellicott's Commentary: 'But the phrase 'the power of the air' is unique and difficult.' Charles Ellicott (1819-1905).
* Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges: 'Of the air:'--'On this phrase much has been written. It here stands alone (as connected with spiritual mysteries) in the New Testament, and hence is the more difficult to analyse with certainty.' H. C. G. Moule (1841-1920. His analysis on Ephesians was written in 1891.)
* Barnes Notes on the Bible: 'The phrase, 'the prince of the power,' may mean either 'the powerful prince,' or it may mean that this prince had power over the air, and lived and reigned there particularly.' Albert Barnes (1798-1870)
** Count me guilty on this charge. Forgive me, Lord, and help me embrace simplicity.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Images series.