We exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint.
The word, character, is hard to define. If you look, you'll find dozens of options.
For actors, a character is a role, and their mission is to make it look real. So they dig deep: 'What's my motivation?'
Actually, this pivotal question is a compass for the course of our lives. Its answer defines the choices we make. It draws and determines our destiny.
For Christians, character is based on truth: their integrity and reputation.
In today's Scripture, add the word, proven. 'Proven character' is showing God's grace under pressure: His courage under fire.
For wartime soldiers, proven character in action brings promotion and medals. In God's army, it brings hope and glory.
Christian actors must prove their characters on earth's stage to advance their careers. More urgently, they must prove them off stage to advance the Good News of Jesus Christ.
How? Tribulation. Grace under pressure. In the midst of scorn or disappointments. Financial challenges or dream haters. Resisting all the common temptations to complain, lay low, sell-out, or go home.
When faced with trials, heroes dig deeper. They ask again, 'What's my motivation?'
Then they remember Jesus on the Cross. They remember the mission He gave them: to show His all-inclusive love and hope... through entertainment, so they persevere. In so doing, they prove His character.
In proving His, they prove their own as well. Victory is just a matter of time.
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the What Is Your Character Type? series.