Friday, July 5th, 2013
Success Strategies (Part 1)
The Table Of Media
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Psalm 23:5-6 (NKJV)
Consider media as the world's largest table. To wary Christians, it appears as a gluttonous gathering. The conduct of the servers and diners is suspect. But the food is rich, diverse and attractively presented. The drinks are intoxicating, and the entertainment--even more so. It's a no-holds-barred film, fashion, music and theater extravaganza. Dark skies provide an epoch backdrop.
The ticket price is small, and most people buy in. One pass gives unlimited entry. On the back of the pass is fine print that's hard to read. Sooner or later, the real price becomes known, and it is staggering. Nevertheless, the world's stars are there--and all who follow them.
The party planner is Satan, and he's had a ball. But the Owner of the ball (called Earth) is God, and He is issuing a new invitation to the mediafest. It's a personal callout to His performers. No ticket is required. Once inside the field of entertainment, they play for the King. Fans are surprised by His new stars. Many are intrigued.
But at the festival, performers must eat, and right now--they dine in the presence of their enemies: media royalty who previously snubbed them. As surely as goodness and mercy shall follow them, success is chasing them down. 'All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God' (Deuteronomy 28:2).
But pause a moment and consider this warning. It's flashing with urgency--especially for American Christians. Never forget that we serve an 'if... then...' God.* The 'if' part always centers around obedience to God. If we do this, then we get that. 'That' is success.
By God's plan, the table of media has grown large enough to seat billions of people. By God's plan, His performers are featured guests at that table. But they must perform with excellence to receive these coveted spots.
To Be Continued...
*Prosperity preachers would have us forget the 'if' part and focus on the 'then' part, but God doesn't work that way. All Scriptures must be read in context.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies (2013) series.