You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first Commandment.
I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
Then David danced before the Lord with all his might.
I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.
King David was a man of passion. Whatever he did, he did it big. He played hard. He fought harder. He cried loud. He praised louder. He sinned badly. He loved greatly. He protected his sheep, guarded his nation and served his Lord to his very best ability.
David lived what Paul would pen: 'Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord' (Colossians 3:23).
Therein, the good king's heart was fully engaged in every pursuit. But David's chief pursuit was God: 'One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life' (Psalm 27:4). 'My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You... So I have looked for You' (Psalm 63:1-2).
This man after God's 'Own Heart' (1 Samuel 13:14) was passionate, because God's Own Heart is passion. When Jesus died on a Cross to save us, we see the consummation of His passion: a power unleashed, a fervor unmatched and a love so fierce it defeated death.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: be fully engaged and whole-hearted, because God is and David was. If you divide your heart, your mind will follow. The result? Instability: 'If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand' (Mark 3:25). Another result? Passivity: a refusal to commit to the roles God assigns.
'Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My Mouth' (Revelation 3:16). Obviously, God doesn't applaud a lukewarm performance: Its taste is bland, its color is grey, its impact is little--and its legacy is insignificance.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: stay out of the neutral zone. Don't sit in the stands, hang on the fence or live on the sidelines. If you do, your life may be reduced to nothingness--and God seeks players.
So does Hollywood. Therefore, live big. Because your job is to reflect the biggest Player of all time. Even more, your passion will impress the King of kings and the kings of entertainment.
## Valiant Like David: Valor (Part 17)
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2014 series called, Valiant Like David. In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.