Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Trailblazers (Part 8)
Stay In Gear
And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover.
Exodus 12:11 (NKJV)
Be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
Matthew 24:44-46 (NIV)
On the night of the first Passover, God told His people to stay dressed and eat quickly. Although they didn't realize the reason, the time had come to leave Egypt. They were prepared and spared. God had His Foot on the accelerator, and the next day they would go.
For the Day of the Lord yet to come, Jesus told us to stay sharp and work steadily. Although the world will be caught by surprise, the time is coming for earth's judgment. Saints are prepared and rise. God has His Foot on the accelerator, and quite soon, we will all go... one way or the other.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: As trailblazers, consider three ways to stay in gear:
1) Avoid the neutral zone. When God says come, go or follow, you come, go or follow. You can't please everyone. If you try, you'll stall out. Are some churches feeding stalls for cozy Christians with engines idling? God is not an idler, and Jesus never stalled. Because trailblazers are made to move.
2) Dress for success. Wise guides gear up for rough hikes in hard places. 'If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit' (Matthew 15:14). Make sure you put on the 'Armor of God' (Ephesians 6:11)* and the 'Robe of righteousness' (Isaiah 61:10). Get up to speed for Hollywood, but stay in gear with God.
3) Don't blend. Be uncommon. John the Baptist was unique in clothing and lifestyle. He didn't look religious or pretentious, which drew attention to his ministry. Similarly, avoid looking churchy, cheesy, overfed or sleazy. Because originality will draw attention to your mission, therein to your Master.
To Be Continued...
* Armor of God, Ephesians 6:10-18: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%206:10-18&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Trailblazers series.