Monday, August 15th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 98)
Women Of Virtue: Their Kin
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
'Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.'
Proverbs 31:28-29 (NKJV)*
I was the third child behind two brothers. My elder brother died some years ago, following a long and disabling fight with Parkinson's disease, a cruel foe. Our mom fought the same opponent, and lost. Therein, my brother knew what lay ahead.
I became a Christian while he was sick, but Johnny wasn't. He was a Buddhist, and had been a Buddhist for 40 years. I tried to talk to him about Jesus, but in big brother style, he shut me down. Even more, my grown children weren't Christians.**
For these reasons, I was exceedingly keen to know what happens to the families of believers, who themselves, don't believe. Like the Bereans, I sought out Scripture.*** I took comfort in so many Verses about the power of prayer and faith. Also, in how the brothers of Christ and other families of God's stars were saved.
'The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much' (James 5:16).
'Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive' (Matthew 21:22-23).
I didn't believe they were 'auto-saved,' but I believed God would take extra steps to open their ears and hearts to His Word, that they might proclaim Christ, even at death, like the sinner on the Cross next to Him.****
Actors, models and talent for Christ: People (and kin) learn by example. Is that why Jesus spent 33 years on earth? To be our Prototype? The kin of the virtuous woman got a close look at her lovely heart, illustrated by her lovely work.
Both countable kin and countless fans will be saved by your performances: yes, on stage, but especially off. Add your fervent prayer to the mix. Then stand back and see God's mighty work.
To Be Continued...
* Proverbs 31:10-31: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=pro+31%3A10-31&version=NKJV
** My daughters and son-in-law (Adam) became believers within two years of my conversion, due to the mercy and grace of God. They were part of His plan for AMTC. Regarding my bed-bound, Buddhist brother: On the day he passed away, a nurse (an angel-in-disguise?) told me he had found Jesus in the day(s) before and was saved. His passing is a tragic and amazing story for a different time.
*** Short article: What does the Bible say about household salvation?http://www.gotquestions.org/household-salvation.html
**** The sinner on the Cross next to Jesus was saved just prior to his death. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+23%3A32-43&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.