Thus says the Lord, 'Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches.'
We are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves... For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.
For most of my sixty-plus years on earth, I've worked hard and studied diligently. I've received applause and won some awards. The talent I've helped has done even more.
I've met my share of important people. Better said, the world describes them as such.
But long before AMTC and Shine, I watched my parents mingle with bigwigs: rich men, politicians and CEOs. Although we weren't wealthy like they were, my dad's family name carried some swag. My mom was a high-achieving beauty. This match made in Heaven served God's purpose.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: From countless 'VIP' encounters, now confirmed by the real VIP, I share with you three lessons I've learned:
1) Mostly, big talkers aren't big walkers. When people like to brag on themselves, their boasts stem from insecurity. Insecurity doesn't spell success. 'Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips' (Proverbs 27:2, NASB).
2) Big talkers in church dampen small sparks. Bragging about how long they've been saved or their decades of accomplishments makes visitors uncomfortable.* 'God forbid that I should boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ...' (Galatians 6:14, NKJV).
3) Frequently, big talkers are big takers. Sadly, con men aren't just in the world. They're also found in Christian churches, where influential, smiling preachers 'Mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage' (Jude 1:16, NKJV).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: When considering other people (and God advises us to test them),** big talk is a yellow warning light.***
## Proverbs For Performers: Big Talkers? Beware (Part 86)
* Previous Devotion, Shallow Conversions: http://careylewisdevotions.com/christian-pitfalls-part-32-shallow-conversions
** 'For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things' (2 Corinthians 2:9).
** 'Test all things; hold fast what is good' (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
*** Consider Jesus and the fig tree; all leaves and no fruit is like all talk and no action. Short article: Why did Jesus curse the fig tree? http://www.gotquestions.org/curse-fig-tree.html
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.