He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God.
With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord...
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
When speeding down interstate highways or crawling in stop-and-go traffic, billboards like to grab my attention. I'm not sure why I want to read them, and some of them are questionable. Like the ones detailing damnation:
'Where are you going? Heaven or Hell?'
'Hell Is Real'
'It's Your Choice... Heaven or Hell'
'Go To Hell or Stop Sinning'
I understand the first three callouts.* But do outsiders understand them? Do death threats convey the love of Christ to those who've yet to feel His kindness?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your commission is to spread Good News. In my 51 years before Christ, hateful messages discouraged me.
I felt pre-judged by a mean jury, and I didn't know my Defender. People who brag about holiness don't fool anyone. We know they aren't.**
Once in the midst of a SHINE event (AMTC's major convention: a mixing of faith and Hollywood, where most VIPs are not Christians)...
As I was walking through the foyer, I saw a ministry new to me. Their bold t-shirts said: 'Jesus Or Die.'
Okay, I get it, but some didn't.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, you're called to upgrade God's messaging and re-establish correct content: Peace on earth and goodwill toward men. Your King showed kindness to outsiders. His only condemnatory Words were aimed at religious hypocrites.
## The Enemy's Game: Countermeasures--Goodwill (Part 72)
* Concerning the stop sinning message, I've yet to enjoy a sin-free day. I thank God for the Blood of Jesus and choose to believe I'm improving.
** God doesn't like people who claim to be holier than others (See V.5): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+65%3A1-5&version=KJV
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.