Sunday, January 15th, 2012
Lights, Camera, Action (Part 2)
Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:6 (NKJV)
And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!
Mark 13:37 (NKJV)
Cameras watch and record. God watches and records. But cameras turn off. Thankfully, God does not. He watches us in the daytime, nighttime, public time, and private time; 'The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good' (Proverbs 15:3). Our real performance is for an audience of One.
Not only that, but 'The Eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him' (2 Chronicles 16:9). God's blessings chase us down. The revelation of His active generosity is joyful front-page news. But we can't ignore the obituaries. Satan is chasing us, too.
'And the Lord said to Satan, 'From where do you come?' So Satan answered the Lord and said, 'From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it' '(Job 1:7). Why? Satan is 'seeking whom he may devour' (1 Peter 5:8).
Since God does not sleep in His diligence to help us (see Psalm 121:3), and Satan does not sleep in his diligence to harm us, we are foolish to close our eyes to good or to evil. Some Christian performers, though mindful of God, choose not to look at the muck in media. Their choice is understandable, but not helpful.
Enter God's 21st century communication warriors: actors, models, and talent for Christ. They are 'Mighty in God for pulling down strongholds' (2 Corinthians 10:4)--even in media. They see what's bad, remain watchful of its source, but keep their eyes on their Director--Jesus.
They put on their dancing shoes, step out in love, and do not fear the enemy. Why?
'Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you' (Luke 10:19).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Lights, Camera, Action series.