Monday, September 22nd, 2014
Leadership (Part 3)
Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled
And every mountain and hill brought low;
The crooked places shall be made straight
And the rough ways smooth;
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Luke 3:4-6 (NKJV)
Can the Truth be twisted? No, the Spirit of Truth cannot be conformed to the images of men, nor to the visions of their minds. Instead, the Spirit of Truth seeks to transform men into the Image of Christ and to the vision of His Mind. He is the Transformer Who untwists every lie--if we are open to His lead.
'But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord' (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Even so, the enemy can twist a crown of lies and put it on the Truth, as the 'Soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His Head' (John 19:2). In America today, crowns are soft and fluffy. They look good and feel good. But before we know it, barbs dig into our brains and twist our values.
Here's the thing: the Truth is hard. It's beautifully and perfectly Hard. If you're not sure about that, just read every Blood Red Word of Jesus in your handy, dandy Bible. It hits us in the face and goes straight to the heart, growing what is good and severing what is bad.
'For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart' (Hebrews 4:12).*
If what you hear in church is all softly lit sweetness, a cushy crown of thorns may be aiming for your head. If you're concerned, go directly to His Word, Who is Jesus. He will keep you straight. God's leaders are commissioned to do the same.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You are God's leaders. Therefore, 'Arise and go to the street called Straight' (Acts 9:11). 'Strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed' (Hebrews 12:12-14).
Millions of people don't know Jesus; millions more think they do but they don't, and your job is to set the record straight.
To Be Continued...
* 'The Holy Scriptures are the Word of God. When God sets It home by His Spirit, It convinces powerfully, converts powerfully, and comforts powerfully. It makes a soul that has long been proud, to be humble; and a perverse spirit, to be meek and obedient. Sinful habits, that are become as it were natural to the soul, and rooted deeply in it, are separated and cut off by this Sword. It will discover to men their thoughts and purposes, the vileness of many, the bad principles they are moved by, the sinful ends they act to. The Word will show the sinner all that is in his heart' (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on Hebrews 4:12): http://biblehub.com/commentaries/hebrews/4-12.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.