For years Lights! Camera! Action! has been the call on the movie sets of our world as the crew begin another ‘take.’
Christians live on a world-stage where the performance is not make-believe but the profession of a living testimony where Christ is ‘clearly portrayed’ (Galatians 3:1).
The context in which Paul wrote was one of …
- Disappointment of wasted effort in what stands undone because it was abandoned – ‘I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you’ (Gal. 4:11).
- Distraction of worldly wisdom, so subtle yet so strong to close God’s voice in favour of ‘other’ voices – ‘After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?’ (Gal. 3:3).
- Deception of wickedness in plundering and poisoning the masses, calling what is good, ‘wicked’ – ‘Who has bewitched you?’ (Gal. 3:1).
- Desertion of workers who once toiled for the gospel – ‘I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ’ (Gal. 1:6).
We too, in our day, face the same pressures and suffer the same challenges: We need another ‘take’…our own version of ‘Lights! Camera! Action!’ Not a new call – but a renewed, rediscovered call to attention, concentration and demonstration. (more…)