Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 72)
Speaking From The Heart
The preparations of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
Proverbs 16:1 (NKJV)
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Luke 6:45 (NKJV)
A good actor isn't artificial. Through research, empathy and emotions, he connects with the character he plays. Finding common ground, he speaks from the heart. Intrigued by his engaging honesty, the audience is drawn to his drama.
A good Christian isn't artificial. Through His Son, His Spirit and the Bible, he connects with the Source of life itself. Finding higher ground, he speaks from the heart. Intrigued by his engaging honesty, the audience is drawn to his Savior.
One paparazzi payoff emerging in this age of media is the exposure of phony speakers: people who talk pretty but act ugly. God said all secrets will be brought to light.* If He spoke through an unscrupulous priest,** He can speak through snarly reporters.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider three defining issues:
1. Authenticity of performance is essential for lasting success. Fraudulent fakers won't reach the top: not before the entertainment kings and never before the King of kings.
2. Because the condition of the heart is discoverable through the mouth, imposters will trip on their own words. Because God promised it would happen, slips of the tongue will cause men to fall.
3. Since God says 'No one can tame the tongue' (James 3:8), no human can leash it completely. Therefore, preparations of the heart (as in giving it all to Jesus) precede honest communication.
Because He owns the copyright on truth.
To Be Continued...
* 'For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light' (Luke 8:17).
** Short, referenced article: God Speaks Through Caiaphas, http://blacksburgchristianfellowship.org/blog/?messages=god-speaks-through-caiaphas-john-1145-57
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.