Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
Lights, Camera, Action (Part 4)
First Things First
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NKJV)
Imagine yourself as a new model living in a model's apartment in New York... or an actor's apartment... or in the first group of American Idol 'Golden Ticket' singers arriving in Hollywood. You are thrilled, nervous, and sharing news of auditions, successes, and rejections.
Maybe you've already booked a job or received praise for your talent. Maybe someone else has not. Jesus says, 'Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted' (Matthew 5:4). Being sensitive to the needs of your fellow performers is one of your primary duties in Christ.
'Comfort' means 'to give strength and hope.' 'Edify' means 'to build up, establish, or strengthen a person' (online dictionary). Therefore, giving strength and hope to a discouraged performer can mean the difference between his hanging on or going home, between the life or death of his mission.
Notice God's Heart for this cause: 'The Father of mercies and God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble' (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). You are to become for others what God became for you, because 'You are the body of Christ' (1 Corinthians 12:27).
God has given you talent for many reasons, and He lists two of them here:
1) 'For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry...'
2) 'For the edifying of the body of Christ' (Ephesians 4:12)--that is to 'build up, establish, and strengthen' everyone you meet: family, friends, fans, and fellow performers.
Therefore, remember your priorities before you leave your front door. First things first.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Lights, Camera, Action series.