Whether it was a no-luck fisherman, a beggar on the road, a disciple's in-law, a kind centurion, a crazy cave dweller, a persistent mother, two desperate fathers, four men with a stretcher, a group of vile lepers, a Samaritan town, or five thousand hungry men, Jesus gave emergency assistance.
His mission was salvation: physical and spiritual. If His job was to speak the Word, then His proof was to lend a Hand. If His work was to save the world, then His joy was to help one man. He was never too busy, too tired or too important.
How many of us act like Jesus? I confess: I get preoccupied. My 'To Do' list is a demanding companion. To change my daily plan might take an act of God. But where is my eye of mercy? Could I be the rich man who ignores Lazarus? God forbid.
As a culture of busy Christians, do we ignore the beggars at our gates? With minds of men and without
the Mind of Christ, it happens.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider fans like beggars at your gate. Because they are. Those who are wrapped up in media do not know the freedom of real life. They're in need: in need of purpose and joy.
Because when fiction becomes our focus, truth is apparently missing. Be that truth. Be that one performer who realizes his best act is emergency assistance.
Bottom line: entertainment is just an opening line. So don't get distracted by applauding hands, personal plans, or convenient friends. Fans need your attention.
Closing Line: This one Verse stops me in my tracks:
'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). Let's bury our busy schedules. Our 'old man' died and so should they.*
To Be Continued...
* 'Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come' (2 Corinthians 5:17).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Trailblazers series.