Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Lights, Camera, Action (Part 5)
And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NKJV)
Arguably, Satan's chief sin is pride. Arguably, a Christian's chief virtue is humility. Humility is the foundation for learning. Humility says 'I can of Myself do nothing' (John 5:30). In humility are found strength, wisdom, and unstoppable success.
Actors, models, and talent for the world become foolishly arrogant. Actors, models, and talent for Christ become foolishly humble. They become 'Fools for Christ's sake' (1 Corinthians 4:10), so they 'May become wise' (1 Corinthians 3:18) through Him. In other words, God's performers know they have a lot to learn.
They welcome correction. Why?
'For whom the Lord loves He corrects' (Proverbs 3:12). On the other hand, 'He who hates correction is stupid' (Proverbs 12:1). Therefore, when someone who is spiritually wise says to you:
'You're getting full of yourself,' or 'let's talk about this offer before you accept it,' or 'could you change your plans to include your little sister?', or 'you need to stop complaining and start appreciating'...your proper response is 'thank you'--and you need to mean it.
When you are corrected or admonished, you have choices: 1) You can argue or defend yourself. 2) You can refuse to listen and/or leave. 3) You can sulk and complain to others. 4) You can be grateful and prayerfully consider it.
So be humble, choose appreciation, and be at peace. God is clear about how we should receive instructions: submissively, respectfully, and with love.
*For additional reading, check out Colossians 3:22-24, 1 Peter 2:18, 1 Corinthians 12:15, and Ephesians 5:21.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Lights, Camera, Action series.