Saturday, January 8th, 2011
Model Conduct #6
Be A Brother
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.
Romans 12:10 (NAS)
If you are a follower of Christ, you have many brothers; 'For whoever does the will of My Father who is in Heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother' (Matthew 12:50), 'And stretching out His Hand toward His disciples, He said, 'Behold My mother and My brothers!' ' (Matthew 12:49).
We don't have to look further than Jesus' Own Words to see how we are to treat them.
Mistakes? 'Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?' (Matthew 7:3).
Forgiveness? 'Then Peter came and said to Him, 'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven' ' (Matthew 18:21-22).
Condemnation? 'But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell' (Matthew 5:22). Whoa!
Clear enough. But how does brotherly love pertain to the entertainment industry?
Never lie to get the part. Never bad-talk a competitor. Never take unfair advantage. Don't talk too much. Don't hog the spotlight. If you're not right for a role, suggest someone else. Give preference to others waiting in line to audition. Be nice to everyone from the janitor to the secretary to the nervous newcomer.
'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me' (Matthew 25:40).
What you do to your brothers, you do to Jesus! Not only that, think of the agents, casting directors, and fellow performers who notice your unusual kindness and wonder what is behind it... then learn Who is behind it.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Model Conduct series.