Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Positioning (Part 3: Prime Time)
Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses' hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.
Exodus 34:29 (NKJV)
What could be a more dramatic entrance than the glowing form of Moses descending from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments? Millions of Jews were waiting and watching. That was prime time.
Today, prime time is the top spot in a lineup. It's a position of being in the right place for the right people. Performers, politicians, and publicists fight for prime time positioning. Jesus' era offered prime times, too. In fact, no nation has topped the Roman Empire in playing to a crowd.
Closer to home, Jewish rulers in Jerusalem enjoyed their own prime times.
Jesus knew His audience and where to find it. His public appearances were scheduled by God, limited in number, and perfectly positioned.
John chapter 7 begins when the 'Jews' Feast of Tabernacles was at hand' (John 7:2). Jesus refused to go with His skeptical brothers. In fact, He left His attendance a mystery. He chose to show up a few days later--smack dab in the middle of prime time:
'Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. And the Jews marveled' (John 7:14-15). Note the element of surprise turning into astonishment. He got everyone's attention--building up to His life-changing, jaw-dropping words:
'On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, 'If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water' ' (John 7:37-38).
These incredible words spoken in prime time created an earthquake and a tidal wave that continue to rock and roll our world today.
Actors, models, and talent for Christ: seek God's prime time openings. Ask God to be your Publicist, as He was for His Son. Pray to Him for the right audiences. Give Him top billing in your life, and He will give you a place of honor in His show.
Coming soon will be the second greatest show on earth, because the #1 spot belongs solely to the King on a cross.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Positioning series.