Sunday, May 13th, 2012
Your Talent (Part 2, Conclusion)
But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
Matthew 25:18-19 (NKJV)
I believe Jesus' great commission hangs over the media and His performers within it like ripe fruit. This field is ready for harvest. God allowed massive amounts of time and money to be spent by others to build the entertainment industry. Its permeation and proportions are epic and spell-binding.
Now, He will reap where He did not sow.
Performers, consider your gifts: the unusual talents He gave you to captivate people in film, fashion, music, and theater. Your appearance. Your voice. Your dance. Your magnetic charm. Your 'show off' charisma is meant to show Him off.
Consider your duty: you must multiply His investment in you by multiplying its worth. How? As much or more than any traditional preacher, God's stars draw people to Him, even by the millions. You do this by taking the talent He gave you to the world.
Consider the punishment for 'burying' your talent; it's too terrible to mention. But what exactly does it mean to hide the Lord's talents? It means doing nothing with them, keeping them at home, not showing Him off to others with your unique, attention-drawing gifts.
Consider your reward for multiplying His talents: 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord' (v.23).
Nothing God gives us is accidental. Your talent as a performer is an intentional gift. Do everything possible to follow His great commission. Therein, you honor the Father Who invested Himself in you. You honor the Son Who died so that you might live.
So raise His banner high. Everyone following you will be following Him. Time is short.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Your Talent series.