Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
Undercover Operations (Part 1)
Esther did not make known her people or her kindred, for Mordecai had instructed her that she should not make them known.
Esther 2:10 (NAS)
The Bible contains undercover operations and spy missions. It is the ultimate action and adventure book. Since it is timeless, God's saints become its heroes of today.
If every Christian is called to be a soldier of Jesus Christ, if every soldier's field is a mission field, then every mission may include undercover operations. Undercover assignments are given to special people in times of great need.
Esther was such a person. As one of the beauties in the Bible, she was instructed to keep her identity as a Jew secret in the king's court, a.k.a. the 'enemy camp.'
Other Old Testament heroes with undercover missions in mighty empires were Sarah, Joseph, Moses, Daniel, and Joshua. At just the right time, only after they had achieved a position of prominence, their true identities and/or missions were revealed.
In the New Testament, Paul says he is 'To those who are without law, as without law... so that I might win those who are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some' (1 Corinthians 9:21-22).
Paul entered foreign cultures on seemingly common ground, although he was far from common.
Many Christian performers enter the mighty kingdom of entertainment in various degrees of undercover ops. They don't wear Jesus t-shirts or perform Christian monologues, because this kingdom is not their kingdom and these people are not their people. Yet.
To be heard by the culture in Hollywood, God's performers must speak its language and understand its rules. They must be in this world, but not of it. They must look the part (with elegance). They must talk the talk (with discretion). They must play the role (with honor).
When they rise to notoriety, God will tell them the right time to reveal both their true identities and the True Boss.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Undercover Operations series.