And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12 is a modeling lesson, so we're taking 12 days to study it. Each topic is a mandate from our Lord, because He's the Star you're called to copy.
So, let's begin:
Performing isn't ordinary. It requires remarkable talent. It demands unusual courage.
It marks you as a nonconformist no matter your culture or values: atheist, agnostic or Christian. Originality is expected.
From God's performers, more is required than worldly originality.
Actors, models, and talent for Christ are cut from His shining, sparkling cloth - with an illuminating purpose: drawing lost sheep back to their Shepherd.
Even as children, God's rising stars know their destinies are to stand out, because blending leaves them frustrated - like an undeniable mismatch, like sewing light on a quilt of grey.
Today, countless light-filled performers seek their God-given place and purpose.
They try to walk it out in churches, do whatever they can locally, and even head to Hollywood's hills--seeking fulfillment of their calling.
But when they stay at home, blending in, they risk hiding their light among kin. It's a dangerous conformity, making pilgrims forget pilgrimage.*
Yet when they step out under-prepared, they risk falling in a common pit: the conformity of worldliness.
Like the prodigal son, their problems rise as prominently as their gifts. 'For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required' (Luke 12:48).
Big talent. Big trials. Big witness.
'But when he came to himself' (Luke 15:17), his mind cleared by remembering his father. We, too, must renew our minds with the memory of our Father's goodness.
'For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the Image of His Son' (Romans 8:29), 'Being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory' (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The Man you follow is the true Star.
God gives you the talent and power to rise in this world- and beyond it, to be in this world- but not of it.
'For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself' (Philippians 3:20-21).
## Model Conduct 2021: Be A Nonconformist (Part 1)
NOTE: This is a 2021 edit of a 2011 Shine Devotion series, Model Conduct. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
* 'Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage' (Psalm 84:5, NIV).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Model Conduct 2021 series.