Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Rejection (Part 2)
Why We Must Expect It
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Isaiah 53:3 (NKJV)
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
John 1:11 (NKJV)
If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the Word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.
John 15:19-20 (NKJV)
Followers of Christ must expect rejection, because Jesus was rejected--and He told us to expect the same. Even more, He said if the world loves us, we're doing something wrong. Hmm.
Where does that leave actors, models and talent for Christ? It leaves you as targets: both for the lost (that's a good role) and for the evil one (that's a hard role). It leaves you in the same place it left Jesus: carrying a cross.
'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me' (Luke 9:23). Just the thought of it hurts. But Jesus took the sting away: 'Oh death, where is your sting' (1 Corinthians 15:55). As committed followers of Christ, we might take a punch, but we will not fail.
With our head skyward, our feet earthward, and our arms extended east to west, we bear the duty of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. We have a message to carry, and carry it we must. The massive mess of media makes our commission especially compelling.
Surely, an easier path exists. Maybe Christian performers should stay close to home. Maybe you should act, model, sing and dance in church or around town. You may still face rejection, but not as much as if you go beyond your comfort zone. Isn't that a big enough cross to carry?
That answer is between you and Jesus, but beware the broad path. In America, being called a Christian is the broad path. It helps politicians get elected, businessmen get clients and preachers get rich. On the other Hand (the One that belongs to God), following Jesus isn't easy and the path is narrow.
If you don't rise to this urgent occasion and give the lost Someone to follow, millions will die. Why do you think God gave you His talents? To invest them in the world, to multiply them, to attract the lost--and to bring them home.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Rejection series.