Monday, December 21st, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 50)
Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
1 John 3:7-8 (NASB)
Actors, models and talent for Christ in media:
If double-time preparation is your duty, growing spiritually and physically, working to multiply the talents you received, increasing in your wisdom, stature and favor, pleasing both your King and kings of entertainment, then good practices (as in habits) must be formed.
A practice is a customary performance.* It's something we do regardless of how we feel. A Broadway star won't cancel a show from illness. A top athlete won't opt out of training in rain. A disciple won't leave the field for family. A believer won't forget what God says to do.
Even when they're tired, tempted or deeply troubled. Instead, they hold harder to the habits they've formed. Things that might keep an ordinary person down are conquered by extraordinary practices.
God's Word talks a lot about the things we practice: the things we choose to perform over and over. He also calls it our walk, as in step by step. Because fundamentally, we have two choices:
'I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live' (Deuteronomy 30:19). Our practices effect not just us, but our kin.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What things do you choose to do daily? Maybe you check social media. Maybe you exercise and say prayers. Maybe you read the Bible and try to be kind. Maybe you practice what Jesus preached.
Practice alone can't make us perfect, but it will move us toward our goal: 'Whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness' (Romans 6:16). Whether of evil wanderings, or of bringing forth the Good News of Jesus Christ.
In Christ, our mistakes aren't deal breakers, but don't keep choosing them willfully. Instead, set up very good habits. No matter what, cling to them and Him.
To Be Continued...
* Definition of practice: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/practice?s=t
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.