Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Public Relations (Part 1)
'You are My witnesses,' says the Lord... 'Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior. I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses,' says the Lord, 'that I am God.'
Isaiah 43:10-12 (NKJV)
Talk of all His wondrous works!
1 Chronicles 16:9 (NKJV)
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15 (NKJV)
As 'Ambassadors for Christ' (2 Corinthians 5:20), Christians are in the business of public relations: 'The practice of creating, promoting, or maintaining goodwill and a favourable image among the public' (World English Dictionary). Public relations is so important that it has become an industry in and of itself.
The Founder of Public Relations is the Founder of the public--and everything else: God. Does God need positive press? Certainly! Because 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2), 'The god of this world' (2 Corinthians 4:4), and 'The father of lies' (John 8:44) leads a defamation campaign.
Can't God defend Himself? God does not need to defend Himself, because no one (not even Satan) can touch Him. Can't God defend His Own reputation? Yes! But do the heads of major corporations do every job themselves? A silly thought. How much less should God do this job alone?
On the subject of positive press, God is quite clear: We, His people, are called to be His witnesses to a lying, dying and crying world. Because we know 'The way, the truth and the life' (John 14:6). Because we carry the Key to 'Everlasting love' (Jeremiah 31:3).
Unfortunately, too many Christians put that Key in a lockbox called church. Surely, God's Spirit cannot be contained, but what about His people? Have we bound them by walls and rules, comfort and fear? Have we convinced them to settle for breadcrumbs on Sunday--only to hunger for 'The Bread of Life' (John 6:35) on Monday? Because God's Bread must be eaten daily:
'Give us day by day our daily bread' (Luke 11:3). Notice God's triple emphasis on the word 'day.' Make no mistake about it. To eat one morsel of bread per week is a starvation diet.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, get ready: Because God 'Desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth' (1 Timothy 2:4), He has summoned you as key witnesses in earth's concluding trial.
'This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise (Isaiah 43:21).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Public Relations series.