Saturday, August 17th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Countermeasures--Perseverance
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
James 1:12 (NASB)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the Cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the Right Hand of the throne of God. Consider Him Who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)
All God's stars knew they had to persevere. Most of them endured long and hard trials.
But too many Christians in media give up on their callings too easily.
Why do we expect the win without work?
Why do we lack the virtue of patience?
Why do we settle down in comfy pews,
When we've been called to stand up and go forth?
Why do we think faith is proven in church,
When Jesus clearly showed us it wasn't?
Why do we follow (un)reality shows?
Why do we believe man's elevations
Exceed the gravity of God's journeys?
Why don't we see every audition
As a perfect place to reflect His Light?
Why do we measure success shallowly?
What can I say about non-believers...
Except entertainment is filled with them,
Except most of them endured long and hard trials,
Except they stuck it out and held the course,
Except they refused to give up their dreams?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Quitting isn't in the Lord's playbook.* Nor does He validate complainers. Because we serve a God of testing: One Who refines His silver in fire;
One Who allows every circumstance, to enhance our Christ-like character. So, let's make a pledge to persevere: not to stop when the going gets tough. Instead, let's go deeper together, first with Jesus, then with each other.
If we're going to beat the enemy at a game he's grown to think is his, then we must stay in it to win it. God will not promote the faint of heart.
## The Enemy's Game--Countermeasures: Perseverance (Part 51)
* I'm not talking about an unintentional fumble, or a side-lining injury, but a willfully-dropped ball to exit the field.
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.