Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Success Strategies (Part 12)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the Image of His Son.
Romans 8:29 (NKJV)
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior.
1 Peter 1:13-15 (NAS)
Mostly, Hollywood is into type casting. Roles are won by appearances. Mostly, God is into off-type casting. Roles are won by the heart. He invented surprising stars and impossible endings. Surely, His direction is beyond human understanding.
But one thing is certain: God likes nonconformity. That is to say, He likes nonconformity to the world's standards, a.k.a. peer pressure. 'Do not be deceived: 'Evil company corrupts good habits' ' (1 Corinthians 15:33). 'The companion of fools will be destroyed' (Proverbs 13:20).
Hollywood likes nonconformity, too--at least the physical kind. If you act, sing or look like other performers, how will you stand out in an industry that craves the next new thing? In media, the condition of your heart is of small importance. If anything, media kings prefer your heart to resemble their own.
Therefore, for an actor, model or talent for Christ to succeed in both realms (the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of entertainment), you need:
1) The courage to stand out from a crowd with the unique talents God gave you. To be the best among your peers is a start, but to rise above them as different is your path.
2) The greater courage to stand up in a crowd for Jesus--and to lay your success, crowns and trophies at His Feet.
Because the greatest act of human nonconformity is godly conformity: to look and act like Jesus. How is this possible in a world of corruption? In our power, it isn't. In His power, all things are possible. Especially miraculous transformations.
If we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, we will enjoy the fruits of a life well-lived--even success in the entertainment industry.* Therein, nonconformity is a success strategy.
To Be Continued...
* 'But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you' (Matthew 6:33).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies (2013) series.