If faith without works is dead, if a tree without fruit is burned, then humble words without humble deeds are like players who sit on the bench--destined for release from the team.
Only when we empty ourselves of arrogant airs will God fill us with His Spirit. Only when we surrender our personal goals will God trust us with His touchdowns. If God owns a team called 'The Christians,' will He play a pompous star?
Increasingly, I am spurred to remember a truth so easy to forget: Surrender to Jesus is not a one-time deal. Like joining a team, it's a process. To follow Jesus requires day-by-day movement: efforts of sacrifice, service and humility.
'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me' (Luke 9:23).
Consider America's team: Are we comfortable and cozy, hanging tight in cloistered communities? Ambitious and accumulating, conforming to the world's definition of success? Rich and relaxed, reclining in a den with our friends? Seated and satisfied, enjoying the Sunday game we believe we've already won?
Jesus did win. But He won with a team of losers. Those who thought they were on top... weren't. They didn't make His cut. 'I have not come to call the righteous' (Luke 5:32). In this mean time, play on earth's fields continues.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: your job is to win fans and recruit players. Your uniform is a cross. It's not a trinket around your neck, but a duty throughout your life. To be chosen as God's player, humility shows the right team Spirit.
It requires daily practice, and it's not easy. So don't believe your own hype. Don't settle down in comfort. Don't look like the world. Don't demand good service. Instead, give it. In so doing, you will become a star player--His way.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.