Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Isaiah 61 (Part 6)
Strangers And Foreigners
Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
And the sons of the foreigner
Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
Isaiah 61:5 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ, you are an army of light. You are God's standard. You rise above the walls of religion on the currents of media. Jesus walked on water. But you learned from Peter's example: you keep your eyes on the Truth and ignore the torrents.
In Isaiah, God says your flocks will be fed by strangers. If your flocks are fans and followers, who are the strangers that feed them? Are they media kings? By booking you, do they spread the Bread of life unknowingly? Are they studios, stations and advertisers who cover that cost?
They are drawn to your light: 'Nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising' (Isaiah 60:3), because 'You are the light of the world' (Matthew 5:15). You are the city set on a hill, the lamp set on a stand, His stars set before strangers.
Strangers are special to Jesus, He said, 'I was a stranger and you took Me in' (Matthew 25:43). What did He mean?
He identifies with them. They may be strangers to you, but not to Him. 'I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My Voice; and they will become one flock with one Shepherd' (John 10:16). Strangers are part of His plan.
Who are the 'sons of the foreigners' that will work in your fields? Perhaps they are a new generation born from the old: a generation of truth seekers who rise above the walls of sectarianism. Because the walls of sectarianism make Christians foreign to each other--and even to God.
But they shed the robe of rules worn by their fathers to put on the 'Robe of righteousness' (Isaiah 61:10) worn by their King. Therein, they become field workers in the mission field of entertainment.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Isaiah 61 series.