Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 72)
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!
Luke 2:14 (NKJV)
He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God.
Luke 8:1 (NKJV)
With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord...
Ephesians 6:7-8 (NASB)
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)
When speeding down interstate highways or crawling in stop-and-go traffic, billboards seem to grab my attention. I'm not sure why I want to read them, and some of them are questionable. Like the ones detailing damnation:
'Where are you going? Heaven or Hell?'
'Hell Is Real'
'It's Your Choice... Heaven or Hell'
'Go To Hell or Stop Sinning'
After studying the Word of God, I understand the first three callouts.* But do outsiders understand them? Do death threats convey the love of Christ to those who've yet to feel His kindness?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your commission is to spread Good News. In my 51 years before Christ, hateful messages discouraged me. I felt pre-judged by a mean jury, and I'd never met my Defender. People bragging of their holiness did not attract me to their purpose.**
Today, I'm in the middle of SHINE, AMTC's signature event: a mixing of faith and Hollywood. Most of the industry VIPs are in my previous position: outside of Jesus, but curious.
As I was walking through the foyer, I saw a ministry new to me. Their printed t-shirts said: 'Jesus Or Die.' OK, I get it, but others won't.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, you're called to upgrade God's messaging and re-establish correct content: Peace on earth and goodwill toward men. Your King showed kindness to outsiders. His only condemnatory Words were aimed at religious hypocrites.
To Be Continued...
* Concerning the stop sinning message, I've yet to enjoy a sin-free day. I thank God for the Blood of Jesus and choose to believe I'm improving.
** God doesn't like people who claim to be holier than others (See V.5): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+65%3A1-5&version=KJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.