Friday, September 19th, 2014
Practice Makes Perfect (Part 20, Conclusion)
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.
Matthew 25:21 (NKJV)*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: your destiny is glory: brilliant illumination, stardom. Your Precedent is Jesus, 'The bright, morning Star' (Revelation 22:16). On the surface, it seems like a common Hollywood dream: fame, the desire to be heard and seen.
But consider three deep differences: 1) Your glory is a reflection of His glory: nothing more, but certainly nothing less. Your crowns are laid at His Feet; 2) Your glory is not dependent on spotlights. You shine more brightly off stage; 3) Your glory grows by giving, rather than receiving.
In the Parable of the Talents, two servants were praised. In their lord's absence, they stayed on task. They understood the talents He gave them were His, and their job was to multiply them. So they did. Their good work brought rewards beyond measure. If you do as they did, expect the same.
'For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works' (Matthew 16:27).
This last story told by Jesus, the Man, was written for you. In these last of times, the talent industry has a vital role to play in the return of Jesus, the King. Consider it: God allowed the invention of modern media. But 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).
Whether you make it to the community awards or the Academy Awards is irrelevant. Each is good. Both will fade away. But 'When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away' (1 Peter 5:4).
So continue and be encouraged. Glory by glory, step by step, stage by stage, audition by audition, rehearsal by rehearsal, performance by performance, 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven' (Matthew 5:16).
In this repetition, practice does indeed make perfect.
* The Parable of the Talents: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Practice Makes Perfect series.