I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.
If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, your resume is important. It's stapled on the back of your headshot. It's probably online. Every time you earn a new credit, it's updated. Because industry professionals want to know what you've done. Your education, work and skills can open doors to auditions.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, your photos are important. Often, they precede you. Even more often, they follow you. These one-dimensional portraits qualify you as worthy or desirable. When shot by professionals, they're supposed to capture your essence. Is that possible? Can a snapshot capture a heart?
When God sent His prophet, Samuel, to anoint Israel's new king from among the sons of Jesse, he was tempted by surface stuff: to choose the eldest and strongest son. 'But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart' ' (1 Samuel 16:7).
Do people judge our worth by our wallets? Our class by our clothes? Jesus saw it differently: 'Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had' (Mark 12:43-44).
Putting in all that we have is the key: the one that opens God's Heart. Because He wants us all in.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, resumes and photos are a game you play. So play by the rules, because David and Jesus did. God tells us to respect our kings--even the kings of entertainment. And play it to win. Work to build the best resume and the brightest pictures. Be all in.
But remember: it's only a game, and it's not real. 'For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God' (1 Corinthians 3:19). Your worldly resume doesn't impress God.
Then why should you play it at all? To get into position, to get on the field, to be seen by the people, to gain their respect, to become stars for God in the dark skies of media--and to help guide His lost children home.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: your headshots and resumes are destined to fade away with the passage of time. But at the same time, your witness for God writes a whole new resume--recorded in the annals of Heaven. This is the one that counts.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Your Resume series.