Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
Practice Makes Perfect: Your Example
I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.
John 13:15 (NASB)
Follow my example, as I follow the Example of Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.
1 Timothy 4:12 (NASB)
1 Peter 5:3 (NASB)
'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts' (Shakespeare).*
Often in AMTC's Daily Devotions, a call-out is made to actors, models and talent for Christ: God's 21st century performers. But in truth, every Christian is a performer. Every follower of Christ is called to model Him. But how can anyone look that good?
'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible' (Matthew 19:26, NIV). Consider a few ways:
When you are tired, continue.
When you are worried, believe.
When you are impatient, wait.
When you are distracted, focus.
When you are governed, submit.
When you are alone, pray.
When you are called, answer.
When you are cursed, bless.
When you are tempted, resist.
When you are tested, pass.
When you are asked, help.
When you are pushed, pause.
When you are grieved, cry.
When you are harmed, forgive.
When you are rich, share.
'Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus' (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NKJV). Jesus did all of these things and more.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus designed you to be fishers of men. Your talent is His lure. The net you cast brings far more than entertainment. It brings life. When you increase His talents, you increase His family and draw attention to His Son. Your example matters more than you know.
Therefore, on every set, show Him off. At work or at school, show Him off. No matter where you go, you're on stage. So give your watchers something good to see:
'Be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say' (Titus 2:6-8, NIV).
By your good example, you set the record straight among believers and nonbelievers alike.
## Practice Makes Perfect: Your Example (Part 13)
* 'As You Like It' (Act 2, Scene 7, character, Jacques) by William Shakespeare.
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2014 series called, 'Practice Makes Perfect.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Practice Makes Perfect series.