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. My life's classroom has been AMTC, and I haven't wandered away from it. Since AMTC's field is media, placing performers destined for stardom in front of leaders destined to see them, I've met a lot of important people. Better said, the world describes them as such.
But as a girl before AMTC, I watched my parents mingle with bigwigs: rich men, politicians and CEOs. Although we weren't wealthy like they were, my dad's family was old and honored. 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) Big talkers aren't often 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).
2) Big talkers in church dampen small sparks. Bragging about how long they've been saved or their decades of accomplishment makes visitors uncomfortable.* 'God forbid that I should boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ...' (Galatians 6:14).
3) Big talkers are often 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 16).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: When considering other people (and God advises us to test them),** big talk is a yellow warning light.***
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Shallow Conversions: http://amtcdevotions.org/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
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.