Friday, May 17th, 2013
Personal Pronouns (Part 5, Conclusion)
They, Them, Theirs
And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'
Mark 16:15 (NAS)
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
John 13:34-35 (NAS)
I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
Luke 5:32 (NAS)
Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' The King will answer and say to them, '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 25:37-40 (NAS)
And He was saying to them all, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.'
Luke 9:23 (NAS)
Followers of Christ are outward bound. They are not contained within the walls of a church. Followers of Christ love each other. They are not tied down by sectarianism. Followers of Christ love everyone else. They are not judgmental.
Followers of Christ are servants. They go out of their way to help others in need. Followers of Christ are all about 'they, them and theirs.'
Followers of Christ are free from Satan, but bound to Jesus by a cross; the cross that carried Him is the cross they must carry daily. It's their duty and their destiny. Like young Jesus, they must be about their Father's business (see Luke 2:49).
Followers of Christ are actors, models and talent moving skyward. Their journey began with 130 million cross-shaped poles that covered America with power. It continues on billions of screens that cover the earth with communication.
Media's promoter is a fallen angel named Satan, a.k.a. 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 3:3). But God calls us to this mission field: 'Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves' (Matthew 10:16).
He gives us talent, wisdom and protection, 'Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices' (2 Corinthians 2:11). The result? A purpose and a destiny like Joseph's: 'God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction' (Genesis 41:52).
What the enemy meant for evil through media, 'God meant it for good, in order... to save many people alive' (Genesis 50:20). Therein lies the mission of actors, models and talent for Christ.
But their individual destinies depend on their use of the right personal pronouns--which do not include 'I, me or my.'
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Personal Pronouns series.