Friday, December 25th, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 54)
With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
Psalm 18:26 (NKJV)
Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Matthew 10:16 (NKJV)
So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.
Luke 16:8 (NKJV)*
Being crafty, I caught you by cunning!
2 Corinthians 12:16 (NKJV)
Savvy is a practical understanding or common sense: a knowledge of just what to do in any situation. Savvy is a shrewdness born of studying human nature.
While Jesus was the absolute Model of an innocent Dove, I believe He was the savviest Man ever to walk the earth.
He studied men's ways for thirty years, then showed them a better Way. He lived as a simple Carpenter, then out-talked the Pharisees. He refused to wear a golden crown, then took on a crown of thorns. He stymied Satan by His meekness, then rose high in victory.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Be savvy in the ways of this world. Media's not for the faint of heart. But neither is the kingdom of God. To take your appointed place on stage, please consider the unjust steward.
You shouldn't copy his dirty deals, but you need to copy his savvy. So make lots of friends with those in need. Invest every resource God gave you: every dollar and every talent...
Because Jesus did and showed us how. Because who's needier than lost fans? Because by your befriending of them, some will surely find the One True Friend.
But you must leave behind churchiness, a closed-in-artificial-goodness, and enter this brilliantly hard field. When you wear the cloak of righteousness, and your footgear of peace is street-smart, you are the enemy's worst nightmare.
To Be Continued...
* The Parable of the Unjust Steward: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+16%3A1-13&version=NKJV
* Commentary on this Parable: http://www.gotquestions.org/parable-unjust-steward.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.