Not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.
Talent is not a substitute for work. Instead, it's the reason you work harder.
Throughout the Bible, God's all-stars prepared for their roles, missions and occupations.
When they became captives in Babylon, Daniel and his friends trained diligently. 'In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all... in his whole kingdom' (Daniel 1:20).
Young David spent countless hours in the field: practicing with a slingshot and a harp... before slaying a terrible giant and entertaining a demonic king. He captained Israel's armies for years, before God judged him ready for the throne.
Esther had twelve months of queenly coaching before winning her king's heart (and a crown.)
Even Jesus waited thirty full years, while He 'Increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man' (Luke 2:52)... to begin his live-saving ministry.
Yet, before, during after training, God's stars were elevated by fervor. Fervor is wholehearted enthusiasm, a 'great intensity of feeling or belief' (dictionary.com).
It's the ignored secret of selection that raises an underdog, trumps talent, wins an audition- and predicts success.
Fervor in your talent preparation pleases industry decision makers and the ultimate Decision-Maker. If your commitment or work seem lukewarm, Jesus will 'Spit you out' (Revelation 3:16)... and so will they.
Only with a passion for excellence, one that prompts you to be 'Ten times better,' can you walk big stages for God and man.
## Model Conduct 2021: Be Fervent (Part 7)
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.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Model Conduct 2021 series.