Friday, March 27th, 2015
Paul's Powerful Priorities (Part 10)
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law, that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without Law, as without Law (not being without Law toward God, but under Law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without Law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the Gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NKJV)
Paul was free from all men because He belonged to God. By choice, Paul sold out. 'Whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ' (Philippians 3:7). By sacrifice, Paul was purchased, 'Through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus' (Romans 3:24).
He became a citizen of Heaven, an ambassador for Christ, on a mission of diplomacy to earth's people. In this role, he followed his Leader. Paul became His understudy: a worthy performer who took the stage in the Star's absence. Paul acted his part with versatility and brilliance.
As a tentmaker, he related to laborers: tradesmen who worked with their hands. As a Jew, he related to his brethren: chosen ones raised in God's Law. As a Pharisee, he related to church leaders: teachers and judges with rules. As an outcast, he related to outsiders: pagans looked down on with scorn. As a victim, he related to prisoners: sufferers bound by earth's chains.
Paul was an actor. He became all things to all men that he might be all means save some.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: The Apostle Paul became famous for God. He was relatable. He met people where they were. His stages were streets, fields, halls, temples, houses, prisons and courtrooms. He influenced, performed, persuaded, debated, corrected, encouraged and embraced. Paul is considered Christ's most effective messenger in the early days of the church.
Now we're in the latter days of the church, and God has allowed the growth of a monster called media: communication devices that cover the earth and connect its peoples. The news and entertainment industries have raised celebrities who carry more power than governments. Even so...
What the enemy intended for harm, 'God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives' (Genesis 50:20). Enter Stage Right: actors, models and talent for Christ. Like Paul, you are relatable. You meet people where they are. You perform on the screens they hold in their hands.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Paul's Powerful Priorities series.