Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Psalm 37: Hearing From Heaven (Part 6)
Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord... Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him... Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him... Do good... Wait on the Lord, and keep His way.
Psalm 37:3-7,27,34 (NKJV)
The righteous shows mercy and gives... He is ever merciful, and lends... The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice. The Law of his God is in his heart.
Psalm 37:21,26, 30-31 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: do you practice good acting or good actions? The former will advance you in the kingdom of entertainment. The latter will advance you in the Kingdom of God. Psalm 37 is a checklist of good actions. Consider:
Good acting creates media stars who appear selfless on stages and screens. The world's most acclaimed actors empty themselves to be filled with the roles they play. To live the life of a compelling character consumes them: to become a slave or a tycoon, a drug addict or a general, a vixen or a villain.
Good acting also creates church stars who appear selfless on stages and screens. The world's most acclaimed preachers empty themselves to be filled with the roles they play. To live the life of a compelling Christian consumes them: to become a leader of men, a prophet to kings, a celebrity with answers.
Here's the difference. Media stars are honest about their pretense. Some church stars are not. In both cases, fans love them and support their lifestyles.
Because good acting can yield great benefits--including popularity, possessions and power. Even so, none of these benefits are guaranteed to last. They depend on a fallen world: a world that is fickle and unfair.
On the other Hand (God's), good actions also yield great benefits--including purpose, protection and peace. By contrast, these benefits (and many more) are guaranteed. Because they depend on a risen King: a King Who is constant and perfectly fair.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: the prophet Elisha asked for a double portion of gifting. You need a double portion, too. Because to become a star for men and God requires both: good acting and good actions.
Our Lord will give you both. I see your gifts coming in like a flood--to wash this world in real-time truth at the speed of light. So ask Him for both, then act them out in righteousness. It's the role you were born to play.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hearing From Heaven series.