Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Matthew 16 (Part 17)
Publicity And Timing
Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.
Matthew 16:20 (NKJV)
My hour has not yet come.
John 2:4 (NKJV)
My time has not yet come.
John 7:6 (NKJV)
Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
Matthew 7:6 (NKJV)
During the three-year ministry of Christ, He performed miracles, signs and wonders. Often, He told His fans to be silent: not to spread His acts or Identity. Why? Because God is the Master of timing. He is the King of the perfect moment. He is the Maestro of the great reveal.
Shouldn't 'The Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End' (Revelation 22:13), 'Who is and Who was and Who is to come' (Revelation 1:8), 'The Author and Finisher of our faith' (Hebrews 12:2), Who makes 'Known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come' (Isaiah 46:10)... understand the art of publicity? The perfect roll-out of big news stories?
Speaking for myself, I'm prone to blurting: to spill the beans before they're edible; to open the wine before it is aged; to share a story precipitously: as in before the stage is fully set or the audience properly prepared. But accomplished actors know how to wait, and Jesus is the unmatched Performer.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: When you're sharing space in waiting rooms, when you're backstage on a movie set, when you're shopping, schooling or working, when you're out and about in public, you're today's ambassadors for Christ. You're His messengers and publicists.
Therein, learn to read your audience: their thoughts, expressions and interest. Even more, listen for God's timing. While you have glorious news to share, knowing when to share it is vital.*
To Be Continued...
* 'Religion is brought into contempt, and its professors insulted, when it is forced upon those who cannot value it and will not have it' (Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary). http://biblehub.com/commentaries/matthew/7-6.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Matthew 16 series.