Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Your True Identity
Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, 'Are you the king of the Jews?'
John 18:33 (NIV)
Through most of the New Testament, Jesus is quiet about His true identity. Sometimes, He seems to have fun with the question; He challenges His disciples to say who they think He is, and He wins every war of words about His identity with the scribes and Pharisees.
When asked His true identity by disciples of John the Baptist, Jesus answers, 'Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor' (Matthew 11:4-5).
In other words, 'Though you do not believe Me, believe the works' (John 10:38).
Some disciples of Jesus were undercover, like Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy man, and Nicodemus, a Pharisee. Yet, they became known after His crucifixion. In the Old Testament, many heroes of the Bible kept their true identities as children of God hidden for specific purposes, including Sarah and Esther.
Some of God's leaders, like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Joseph, were known to be Jews, but they did not publicly evangelize. Why? Each lived in a foreign culture, respected the rules, and rose to prominence. Yet, they changed their worlds for God.
Whether a quiet child of God or a secret child of God, every undercover hero of the Bible made his or her true identity known at a time appointed by God--often after completing a mission or achieving a place of notoriety in a hostile environment.
What's the lesson for actors, models, and talent for Christ? The entertainment industry is a foreign culture with different values and wavering rules. Some performers enter fully undercover, some partially undercover, and some are overtly for God.
Yet all must enter and learn the culture of Hollywood without condemning it. They must be exceedingly excellent. They must rise to fame like Jesus. They must be in this world to help it, but not be of it--while staying true to God.
Is it possible? With God, yes! Learn from the Bible heroes. God will reveal the right path to each of His gifted children. He knows your true identity. So will the world--at just the right time.