Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Young Leaders (Part 3)
O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge.
1 Timothy 6:20 (NKJV)
The Bible talks about foolish kids: 'The Lord will have no joy in their young men' (Isaiah 9:17). And wise ones: 'Young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand' (Daniel 1:4).
How can emerging leaders look good to God? 'How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word' (Psalm 119:9)--in 'The washing of water by the Word' (Ephesians 5:26).
Since actors, models, and talent for Christ is a youth-led movement, we continue in Paul's letters to Timothy, one of Christianity's first young leaders:
3) 'Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons' (1 Timothy 4:1). In Revelation 21:6, we learn that 'those who practice magic arts' will be 'consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.'
The occult has no place in God's Kingdom--nor in His young leaders. But it continues to grow in the entertainment industry. Vampires, werewolves, witches, and wizards target kids first. So, don't become foolishly enchanted. Neither condemn those who are. But raise a new standard of truth.
4) 'Do not neglect the gift that is in you... that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you' (1 Timothy 4:14-16).
If performing is your passion, perform! Share your gift with the world. While sharing, be mindful of the example you set. Stay in God's Word and you will stay in His will. The result? Success and salvation--and not just your own. Others who follow you will follow Him.
Act in righteousness. By the 'doing' of your gift (performing), you are a young leader in the most important mission field in the world: entertainment.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Young Leaders series.