Friday, August 5th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 88)
Dinner Dates? Be Warned
When you sit down to dine with a ruler,
Consider carefully what is before you,
And put a knife to your throat
If you are a man of great appetite.
Do not desire his delicacies,
For it is deceptive food....
Do not eat the bread of a selfish man,
Or desire his delicacies;
For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
He says to you, 'Eat and drink!'
But his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten,
And waste your compliments.
Proverbs 23:1-3, 6-8 (NASB)
When you're invited to tempting parties, perhaps with people who appeal to you, because they're popular or powerful, you might encounter invisible guests. Behind the scenes, they're the soiree's sponsors, and they've come from the kingdom of darkness.
For divine reasons men can't fully grasp, Satan holds temporary power here, and he can share it with his followers.* Therefore, followers of Christ should respond to exciting social invitations with prudent and prayerful discernment. Because supping with 'The father of lies' (John 8:44) is risky if you're not the 'King of kings' (1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 7:14; 9:16).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus said to go into the world, but He also said to be savvy. 'Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves' (Matthew 10:16). Consider two ways to remain safe in the friendships and invitations you may receive along your journey.
1) Sharing a meal invites communion. It forms or deepens relationships. In the holiest sense of the word, communion is with God through Jesus. But if hot hosts harbor corruption, you may be breaking bread with Satan. So, sobriety and vigilant watchfulness are needed at parties where you'll be mingling with outsiders.
2) Don't be charmed by power or money. While relationships with kings and chiefs are not only predestined by God, but also crucial for performers to rise and shine in entertainment, you don't need off-duty involvement. So, be warm, kind and professional to everyone everywhere you go, but reserve partying for close kin.
To Be Continued...
* 'Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, 'All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours' ' (Luke 4:5-7).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.