Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
The Royal Law (Part 1)
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself,' you do well.
James 2:8 (NKJV)
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
John 13:34 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 22:37-40 (NKJV)
Jesus Christ is the 'King of kings' (Revelation 17:14); we 'Are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His Own special people' (1 Peter 2:9), and He to us gives a royal decree: we must love God with everything we have, and we must love our neighbors as ourselves.
He believes so strongly in these decrees upon which 'Hang all the Law and the Prophets' (Matthew 22:40) that He hung on a cross to demonstrate them.
How do we fulfill the royal law in the entertainment industry?
1) Our love of God propels us to leave the comforts of home and enter a mission field filled with desperate people.
2) We come well-prepared, with humility and love, like the King Whose Heart and Mind we carry.
3) We dress in royal robes; 'My soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness' (Isaiah 61:10). Fans see our joy and good behavior, which are gifts of the King we follow. They are especially noticeable in the midst of filthy rags.
4) We invest God's talents in the banks of Hollywood--surrendering them by faith in an enemy-entrenched camp.
5) We 'Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us' (Ephesians 5:2). We embrace sinners, lift the weak, save the children, give to the poor, run toward returning prodigals, and fight the enemy on their behalf.
6) We search for lost brothers. Jesus calls His disciples 'brethren'; as such, we are brothers and sisters to the King. But here's the thing; we aren't the only ones. 'And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' (Matthew 25:40).
The least likely people, those who are downtrodden, may be His brethren, too. We must consider them as such.
The entertainment industry provides a platform to search for lost royalty, like Mephibosheth, Jonathan's lame and forgotten son. As God brought Mephibosheth into the royal household through King David, so countless others may be brought into the Kingdom of God through King Jesus--by way of his performers.
These are the love affairs of our King, and we shall 'Be imitators of God, as dear children' (Ephesians 5:1). 'Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law' (Romans 13:10).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Royal Law series.