Saturday, July 7th, 2012
Strangers In Hollywood (Part 11)
Lessons from Daniel: The World Changes
Nebuchadnezzar the king, To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me. How great are His signs, and how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation.
Daniel 4:1-3 (NKJV)
King Nebuchadnezzar narrates the entire fourth chapter of Daniel. It is his personal testimony. The king describes his arrogance, his downfall, his revelation of God's sovereignty, and his restoration to the throne. As a result, the world changed under its most powerful king.
Was that change permanent? No. But I believe millions of lives were saved during Nebuchadnezzar's rule, because people believed in him. As a result, they believed in God.
The permanent change occurred when King Jesus left His throne in Heaven to be humbled upon an earthly cross. That's the day the world changed forever.
But why has Jesus waited so long to rule from this throne He won? I believe He's waiting on us to finish the job. Because God 'Desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth' (1 Timothy 2:4). Most people don't know the truth.
It took 2000 years for media moguls to build the communication technology that will carry God's message to 'All the world' (Mark 16:15). They intended it for personal glory. God smiles. He knows Who wins, because 'The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness' (Psalm 24:1, 1 Corinthians 10:26).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ now sail in a new ark with a new covenant and a new banner. It's called 'The Truth' (John 14:6).
If you are a performer for God, rejoice in your mission. Study your lines. Show the world the heart of your King.
Yes, the world changed forever with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It's only a matter of time until everyone knows it. Until then, play the role God has given you 'With all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength' (Mark 12:30). Play it in love. Like Daniel. Like Jesus.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Strangers In Hollywood series.