Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Practice Makes Perfect (Part 19)
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
John 14:12 (NKJV)
He who has begun a good work in you will complete it.
Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
Where work is concerned, the partnership between God and His people is supremely unique: when we do our best, God does the rest; when we're pinned in a fight, God throws in His might. 'For the Lord your God is the One Who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory' (Deuteronomy 20:4).
When we push through the pain, God gives us the gain. When we swing in the truth, God makes us Babe Ruth. 'Taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead... and he fell facedown on the ground' (1 Samuel 17:49).
Because Jesus is God's Closer. Not only did He finish His work on earth, 'It is finished' (John 19:30), but the 'Author and Perfecter of our faith' (Hebrews 12:2) continues to finish our work, too. He makes us 'Complete in every good work to do His will' (Hebrews 13:21).
King David put it this way: 'The Lord will perfect that which concerns me' (Psalm 138:8). The Apostle Paul explained it further: 'I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase' (1 Corinthians 3:6). Because God is the Power behind every good breath, step, throw, win and deed.
So what can we do on our own? Like kids, we can build empires and play monopoly or house. We can pretend to be cops, robbers or stars, but in the end, it comes to nothing. 'This world in its present form is passing away' (1 Corinthians 7:31).
Therein, consider our current world as a school of righteousness and a work in progress. It is a testing ground, refinement course and launching pad for the real life that follows: eternity. Only our good works, inspired and completed by the Hand of God, will count as credits.*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Don't let Hollywood fool you. You can't be a star for God by anyone's Hand but His. So stay humble, patient and prepared: pray about every opportunity.
If a fetus waits nine months to be born and a baby waits 18 years to mature; if Abraham, Jacob, Joseph and David waited dozens of years for stardom, you can wait, too.
So don't give up on your good work because success isn't quick or easy. Instead, 'Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing' (James 1:4), 'Being confident of this very thing, that He Who has begun a good work in you will complete it' (Philippians 1:6)... including success in the entertainment industry.
To Be Continued...
* 'How can we store up treasures in Heaven,' brief article: http://www.gotquestions.org/treasures-in-heaven.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Practice Makes Perfect series.