Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Public Relations (Part 12)
My reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me... I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of Whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.
Daniel 4:36-37 (NKJV)
If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so... of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the Law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the Law, blameless.
Yet indeed... I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ.
Philippians 3:4-6,8-9 (NKJV)
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
1 Chronicles 16:23 (NKJV)
Both King Nebuchadnezzar and the Apostle Paul gave amazing testimonies. Their stories of salvation have inspired millions. Consider three purposes they share: 1) To warn those who are proud; 2) To encourage those who are lost; 3) To glorify God.
King Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest king on earth, believed in his own hype. He was pumped up with power, position and possessions. By the way of Daniel, he came to believe in God. But in time, he forgot God. Then he forgot everything. The king went mad and lived like an animal for seven years--until he came to his senses... never to forget the Lord again.
The Apostle Paul, the Jew's most zealous persecutor of new Christians, believed in his own righteousness. He was pumped up with laws, knowledge and tradition. On the road to Damascus, he came to believe in Jesus. Paul lost everything he ever valued to gain everything he ever needed--which was Christ.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: your personal testimony is important. If you have an overcoming story, share the pain of your suffering and the miracle of your redemption. If you came to Jesus early, share the mistakes of your youth and the process of your growth.
Because no Christian is born mature. Every faith walk has trials, errors and eventual success. By humbling yourself in the sight of others, you give hope to desperate people; you encourage them to seek the God of restoration. By humbling yourself in the sight of others, you gain the only exaltation worth having: the only one you get to keep.
'Declare His deeds among the peoples' (Isaiah 12:4); 'Talk of all His wondrous works!' (1 Chronicles 16:9)--and make it personal.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Public Relations series.