The Enemy's Game (Part 66)
Let the weak say, 'I am strong.'
Joel 3:10 (NKJV)
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NASB)
The Philistine also said to David, 'Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.' Then David said to the Philistine, 'You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the Name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord's and He will give you into our hands.'
1 Samuel 17:44-47 (NASB)
Before a fight, boxers taunt each other for publicity. That's swag. Before their fight, a shepherd boy smack-talked a giant soldier. That's swag.
Before people, Jesus whipped religious phonies with His Words. That's swag. Before spotlights, actors, models and talent for Christ must shine... with swag.
I remember an AMTC singer who won SHINE's highest honors. But after the conference, his industry progress seemed to stutter. I got to know him better when he came to volunteer at a search. While he was speaking to us, he displayed extraordinary meekness.*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: To God, brethren and applauding fans, your humility is beautiful. But to the kings of entertainment, your humility is confusing. They can mistake unassuming words for inadequate self-confidence.
In putting on 'The armor of light' (Romans 13:12), in putting on your 'Lord Jesus Christ' (Romans 13:13), in putting on His Own confidence, you set yourself up as a player: an actor who brings swag to the stage.
But is such bold assurance godly? When you temper it with gentleness, when you tame it with humility, it's both godly and necessary.
To Be Continued...
* I told this young man his sweet humility might be misunderstood in the world. Although his singing voice was amazing, he needed to perform (and especially speak) with more authority. He pumped it up and a national tour followed.