Monday, October 14th, 2013
Unforgiveness (Part 7, Conclusion)
Actors, Models & Talent For Christ
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you...
Luke 1:1-3 (NIV)
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:2-3 (NIV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'You, yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.' The time of your rising it at hand. You are the love letters God sends to the world. I see you. I see in you goodness, mercy and faith--courage, hope and truth.
To you, 'Unforgiven' is a movie starring Clint Eastwood--and nothing more. God has given you insight into this deadly disease, and you use your insight to refuse the it. I praise God for your wisdom. I praise God for your rising, and I encourage you to keep your face to the camera. Keep your eyes to the light. Keep your hand to the plow.
'Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord,
Till He comes and rains righteousness on you' (Hosea 10:12).
This fallow ground may not be your own, but the ground of others--millions of others. Because you are God's workers in the mission field of media. Your help is urgently needed. Because to God's grudge-carrying or idol-worshipping children--to those who have fallen away from His Word or to those yet to find It, He says:
You have plowed wickedness;
You have reaped iniquity.
You have eaten the fruit of lies,
Because you trusted in your own way,
In the multitude of your mighty men' (Hosea 10:13).
And you? Through media, God has provided the means for your witness to travel at the speed of light. Physically speaking, that's 671 million miles per hour. Spiritually speaking, that's the Light of Jesus in you. You have the Way to reach millions of people in millions of places faster than the blink of an eye.
You carry the Cure to the deadly disease of unforgiveness. That's why forgiveness is mentioned 37 times in the Gospels, including the Lord's Prayer. If your fellow-performers, fans, friends and family see you act in love instead of hate, you rock their world. God willing, you change their perspective and break up the misconceptions of hardened lives.
As for our idol-worshipping world? Lead it! 'If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land' (2 Chronicles 7:14).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Unforgiveness series.