Sunday, October 20th, 2013
Radiance (Part 6, Conclusion)
A War Of Light
The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore, let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Romans 13:12 (NAS)
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV)
For You light my lamp; The Lord my God illumines my darkness. For by You I can run upon a troop; And by my God I can leap over a wall.
Psalm 112:4 (NAS)
The Star Wars film franchise is a futuristic thriller. Through seven movies (and counting), we witness a battle of evil versus good: the Sith versus the Jedi, a small band of warriors fighting an evil empire--and its Death Star.
For both sides, the weapon of choice is a lightsaber. It's powered by a mysterious Force. This Force has a down side and an up side. It's like Satan against God or demons against saints. It's like Earth. But the Captain of our Salvation (see Hebrews 2:10) already played His part--and won.
Earth's climax began with a gruesome and terrifying battle scene, featuring Jesus on the Cross. The enemy thought he had Him pinned. But the enemy thought wrong. When the stone was rolled away from His tomb, Light came forth. Victory was apparent.
Until God pulls the curtain, Earth's show continues. His Star left our stage for a time, but the finale approaches. Jesus is coming back. In the mean-time, He's given His stand-ins and supporting cast weapons. Consider them Lightsabers. The King of kings made them, and they're impossible to defeat.
But God's warriors must report for duty, because He runs an all-volunteer army. It's up to us to raise our hands and say, 'Here I am, send me' (Isaiah 6:8). Only then will He commission and equip us. 'Blessed be the Lord, my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle' (Psalm 144:1).
In the Light of Jesus, actors, models and talent for Christ wield the power of the Lord in their hands, or more precisely, their mouths. Because this Lightsaber is 'The Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God' (Ephesians 6:17). So study God's Screen Play, a.k.a the Bible. Learn your Lines, a.k.a. Scripture.
Combine His purpose with your talent and, voila! Radiance. By the Word of God, kings come to the brightness of your rising, and darkness flees. Because the enemy cannot stop God's Light Brigade.
'Praise Him all you stars of light' (Psalm 148:3).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Radiance series.