Saturday, August 16th, 2014
The Call To Overcome (Part 6)
Invitation Or Command?
He said, 'Come!' And Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water...
Matthew 14:29 (NASB)
Come, follow Me.
Matthew 19:21, Luke 18:22 (NKJV)
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.
Luke 5:32 (NKJV)
For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
Matthew 18:11 (NKJV)
Tell those who are invited, 'See, I have prepared my dinner... Come to the wedding.' *
Matthew 22:4 (NKJV)
Come, for all things are now ready. **
Luke 14:17 (NKJV)
Come, take up the cross, and follow Me.
Mark 10:21 (NKJV)
Over and over in the Gospels, Jesus says, 'Come.'
So... if Jesus is our Head and we are His Body, if Jesus is our Teacher and we are His disciples, if Jesus is our Bridegroom and we are His betrothed, if Jesus is our Master and we are His servants, if Jesus is our Captain and we are His soldiers, if Jesus is our Shepherd and we are His sheep, if Jesus is the Light and we are His reflectors...
When He says come, we come. We move, learn, help, work, fight, follow and shine as He directs.
But... if Jesus is our Head and we sit it out, if Jesus is our Teacher and we dummy down, if Jesus is our Bridegroom and we turn our backs, if Jesus is our Master and we disobey, if Jesus is our Captain and we are too scared, if Jesus is our Shepherd and we leave the field, if Jesus is the Light and we cover up, how can we come? How can we overcome 'The sin which so easily ensnares us' (Hebrews 12:1)?
'To be or not to be' is a question asked by Shakespeare.*** 'To come or not to come' is an answer God demands. Shall we say, 'No, thank You' or 'Maybe later' to our Maker? Here's how I see it: for outsiders, 'Come' is an invitation. For followers, 'Come' is a command.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus commanded us not just to come, but to overcome. He did the hard part--on a Cross. Now, it's our time to come forward. Admittedly, entertainment is a formidable field. Within it are kings and giants.
Even so, don't repeat the mistake of Israel's children when they peeked at the Promised Land. Don't see yourselves as small grasshoppers or poor sharecroppers. Instead, see yourselves as show stoppers, called to bring the house down. By His power, you will overcome evil with good.
One question remains: Will you accept the roles God has offered you? Will you be patient while He sets the stage? Because 'Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?' (Esther 4:14).
To Be Continued...
* From The Parable of the Wedding Feast: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+22%3A1-14&version=NKJV
** From The Parable of the Great Supper: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+14%3A15-23&version=NKJV
*** Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1: http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/quotes/hamlet-to-be-or-not-to-be/
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Call To Overcome series.