Saturday, June 30th, 2012
Strangers In Hollywood (Part 4)
Lessons from Daniel: Excellence and Favor
Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah [Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego]; therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.
Daniel 1:19-20 (NKJV)
Daniel and his friends aced three years of training in Babylon. 'The king examined them. He found them ten times better than all... who were in all his realm.' Think of the strikes against their advancement:
1) They were foreigners. 2) They were Jews. 3) They didn't have insider connections. 4) They had a different way of doing things. 5) They didn't buy into the prevailing system of idol worship.
Similarly, actors, models, and talent for Christ will be examined by the kings of Hollywood. They will be compared to their current talent roster. Think of the strikes against them:
1) They are foreigners. 2) They are Christians. 3) They may not have insider connections. 4) They have a different way of doing things. 5) They don't buy into the prevailing system of idol worship.
Now think of God. He specializes in missions impossible.
He gave Daniel favor in an alien nation. 'For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield' (Psalm 5:12). God had a plan of worldwide importance for the empire of Babylon. Daniel and his friends were trained as point men for the job. Why?
They were brave. They were pure. They were loyal, and they worked hard. 'They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight' (Psalm 16:3).
God's performers must show the same level of bravery, heart, loyalty, effort, and excellence. They must be 'Ten times better' than the wandering stars of Hollywood. Why?
God has a plan of worldwide importance for the empire of Hollywood. Actors, models, and talent for Christ must be trained as point men for the job.
In the meantime, just like Daniel and Jesus 'Increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men' (Luke 2:52), so must you.
Therefore, work hard. Don't be foolish in believing your talent alone will advance you in this kingdom. Even worldly stars know better than that. 'For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light' (Luke 16:8).
Nevertheless, God has written a play, and it will be performed. Your excellence brings favor. Favor brings castings. And this is a play written for you.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Strangers In Hollywood series.