He who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.
Idle chatter leads only to poverty.
He who loves pleasure will be a poor man.
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of judgment.
According to God, trivial pursuits don't just waste our time, they change our status. Instead of blessed, bountiful believers, we become beaten, belittled beggars. But to Americans (even Christians), these words are almost unrelatable. Because our lives, as most of us know them, revolve around our trivial pursuits.
Like shopping and recreational sports, collecting trinkets and dressing pretty, video games and social media. But most of all, we're entering the lives of actors on a regular basis, through dramas played out on billions of screens. We're loving them, but they don't love us back. Nevertheless, we're very entertained.
Why are we more devoted to trifles than to God's purpose, plans and destiny? Is it because only 13% of people worldwide like going to work? Therein, 87% do not?* Do paychecks without passion steal our time? Do idle habits become our first love? Where does Jesus fit into all of this?
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider four things others may not:
1) God says to work heartily for Him.** In whatever jobs you find yourselves, however low, strange or difficult, put in 100% effort. Be positive, thankful and sincere. Like Joseph as a slave in Egypt, or performers working as extras, promotion is closer than you think.
2) Amusements shouldn't dominate us. You are called to be fruitful workers, loving God first and your neighbors next. When either of them takes second place in your heart behind frivolous stuff, you've strayed from the narrow path of God to plazas of personal pleasure.
3) If you see wealthy amusement kings, living it up and loaded with loot, seeming not at all like poor beggars, then you're focusing on a mirage. True to God's Word, it will disappear. 'And all its princes will be nothing' (Isaiah 34:12).*** Don't condemn them, but don't copy them.
4) God's drawn you to an amusing job in the strange field of entertainment. Could this pursuit be called trivial? No more than Joseph's governorship, Daniel's employment, Esther's queenship**** or the Parables told by Jesus. You've been cast in such a time as this to turn the enemy's game for good.
To Be Continued...
* Only 13% of people worldwide actually like going to work: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2013/10/10/only-13-percent-of-people-worldwide-actually-like-going-to-work/
* Here's Why So Many People Hate Their Jobs: http://www.businessinsider.com/reasons-you-hate-your-job-2014-6
* The Top 5 Reasons Professionals Hate Their Jobs, And What To Do About It: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2015/11/08/the-top-5-reasons-professionals-hate-their-jobs-and-what-to-do-about-it/#6be2de0a64e1
** 'Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ Whom you serve' (Colossians 3:23-24).
*** Various Bible references about rich men outside of God who seem to succeed, but become as nothing: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Is+34%3A12%2C+17%3A14%2C+Ps+37%3A35-36%2C+Job+20%3A7&version=NKJV
**** Joseph in Egypt, Daniel (and friends) in Babylon, Esther in Persia and Jesus under Roman rule were called into idol-worshipping cultures for great good. By working among them and refusing to denounce foreign rulers, world-leading nations (and through Jesus, the whole world) were changed.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.