Saturday, December 1st, 2012
Your Image (Part 2)
Cursed is the one who makes a carved or molded image, an abomination to the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret. And all the people shall answer and say, 'Amen!'
Deuteronomy 27:15 (NKJV)
Those who make an image, all of them are useless, and their precious things shall not profit.
Isaiah 44:9 (NKJV)
For his molded image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
Jeremiah 10:14 (NKJV)
If the molded images of Hollywood are false and useless, if His performers carry 'The breath of life' (Genesis 2:7), then you are a breath of fresh air in entertainment. If God's plan is to transform you into the image of Christ, then Satan's plan is to transform you into his own image.
God looks good and is good. 'No one is good but One, that is, God' (Matthew 19:17).
Satan looks good, but is not. 'Satan disguises himself as an angel of light' (2 Corinthians 11:14).
His image is a lie, because 'He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies' (John 8:44). Satan is a con man. His beauty is superficial. Underneath? He is 'Full of hypocrisy and lawlessness' (Matthew 23:28).
Satan promotes idol-worship. So does Hollywood. But God does not. 'You shall not make for yourself an idol' (Exodus 20:4). Satan promotes self-worship. God does not. 'Jesus answered and said to him, 'Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve'' ' (Luke 4:8).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ, take note: your image must be real. You must look good and be good. Only with Christ is this possible. But how does the beauty of Jesus look in industry terms?
When you are scratched, stressed, or broken, when you are cast off instead of cast, when you are ridiculed instead of applauded, you still shine. Because such beauty is rare, people will notice. But achieving that level of brightness requires practice and polish.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Your Image series.