Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 20)
A Chosen Generation
Your troops will be willing
On Your day of battle.
Arrayed in holy splendor,
Your young men will come to You
Like dew from the morning's womb.
Psalm 110:3 (NIV)
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My Name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.
John 15:16-17 (NKJV)
You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His Own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10 (NKJV)
What does it mean to be chosen by God? It's the greatest blessing in all the world and the greatest responsibility. What would it mean if Jesus came back now? It would be the greatest moment ever seen amidst the world's climactic conclusion.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: As the Lord's chosen generation, what are your responsibilities?
1) To remain vigilantly aware of your King's imminent return and be about your Father's business.
2) To work faithfully and make amends for the previous generations who didn't look or act like Jesus.
3) To go unto all of earth's people as ambassadors for Jesus Christ: with love, joy, peace, patience and kindness.
4) To help widows, orphans and strangers; prisoners and those in great distress: to visit them and nurture them.*
5) To invest God's talents in the world; to multiply them and shine His light; to find lost lambs who've been led astray.
6) To lead a church not defined by walls, where worship is in Spirit and Truth. Your only Rules are the Words of Christ.
7) To be the generation that cares more about pleasing God than people: where His Smile is the One you most crave.
To Be Continued...
* People can be spiritually poor and confined, too, as evidenced in the Letter to the Lukewarm (Laodicean) Church in the Book of Revelation.** Countless fans have been bought, sold and enslaved by media merchandisers using the examples of greedy, confused or careless celebrities, who have also been misled. Actors, models and talent for Christ can rise on the the dragon's back to reach many of these lost sheep.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.