Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 51)
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)
What can I say about perseverance, except every Bible hero had it, except most endured long and hard trials, except some stars today are falling short, except I feel like pulling my hair out?
Why do Christians give up so easily? Why do they expect success without work? Why do they lack the virtue of patience? Why do they settle down in comfy pews, when they've been called to stand up and go forth? Why do they think faith is proven in church, when Jesus clearly showed us it wasn't?
Why do they believe (un)reality shows, like dancing with the stars should be our goal? Why do they believe man's destinations exceed the importance of God's journeys? Why don't they see every audition as a perfect place to reflect His Light? Why do they measure value 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: I have no sympathy for quitters, nor for myself when I drop the ball.* I have no respect for complainers, who blame everyone else for failure. 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.
To Be Continued...
* I'm not talking about an unintentional fumble, or a side-lining injury, but a willfully-dropped ball to exit the field.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.