Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Paul's Powerful Priorities (Part 8)
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
Psalm 84:5 (NKJV)
You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials... how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And see, now I go bound in the Spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the Gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20:18-24 (NKJV)
'By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going' (Hebrews 11:8).
God's people are movers: pilgrims who follow their unseen Leader to unknown places. Young Isaac moved up a mountain carrying the wood of his own sacrifice. Jacob moved God in a wrestling match. God moved Joseph to Egypt. Eventually, his family moved there, too.
400 years later, the children of Israel moved out of Egypt, crossing the Red Sea behind Moses. They moved around in the wilderness. 40 years later, Joshua moved them across the Jordan River into the Promised Land.
For centuries their movements were contained: Judges moved into leadership. People moved into rebellion. Saul moved into kingship. David moved against Goliath. The Jews moved to unite behind David, who became Israel's greatest king. Solomon moved into his legacy.
After Solomon came a series of mostly bad moves, because most of God's chosen people moved on without Him. Except for a few, they were evicted from the Promised Land and moved around the world. For centuries, they wandered and endured persecution. Other nations moved on Israel, and God's holy ground was trampled.
When Jesus moved onto the scene, everything changed. His love moved mountains, monsters and men. Earth would never be the same. Millions moved to follow God's Son, including Paul, who traveled to over 50 cities in three decades of evangelism.*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Set your hearts on pilgrimage. We are commanded not to settle down, but instead, to rise up: to go unto all nations with God's very best News.**
Consider the Holy Spirit as Wind, and wind moves.*** So move. Move into media as fishers of men. Your talent is God's bait, and Jesus is His Switch:
'The people who sat in darkness have seen a great Light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death, Light has dawned' (Matthew 4:16). 'And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend It' (John 1:5).
To Be Continued...
* Travels of Paul: http://www.biblestudy.org/maps/apostle-paul-all-cities-visited-map.html
** The Great Commission of Jesus Christ as final Words in all four Gospels:
** 'Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age' ' (Matthew 28:18-20).
** 'And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the Gospel unto every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned' ' (Mark 16:15-16).
** 'Then He said to them, 'Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things' ' (Luke 24:46-48).
** 'Then Jesus said to them again, 'Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you' ' (John 20:21).
*** The Holy Spirit as a Wind: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/The-Holy-Spirit-Described-As-The-Wind
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Paul's Powerful Priorities series.