God’s Purpose for His Word

          Years ago, a stage play and then a movie was produced entitled Jesus Christ Superstar. This production chronicled the last week of the earthly life of Christ through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. It was easy to tell that work was not produced by Christians because the early versions ended with the crucifixion of Jesus. Any believer would have obviously ended the story with the resurrection. Later productions added the proper ending to the story.

           Still, even the first version made a significant impact on my life. The movie played a major role in causing me to totally dedicate my life to the Lord. Why? It showed the characters in this most magnificent drama as real people, just like you and me. Mary was drawn to Jesus but wasn’t quite sure of how she should love Him. Except for Judas, the disciples were portrayed as dedicated, yet still not quite understanding everything. And Judas, having been raised as a “good Jew” was shocked by Jesus’ declaration that He was God. He thought Jesus had lost his mind and needed to relax about all of this for His own good.

           Even though the play was not done by Christians, the screenwriters used the most potent script imaginable and the power intrinsically packed in the Word of God broke through. By seeing those Bible characters as real people, I came to understand that I could be a part of God’s plan too. The play wasn’t intended as a witnessing tool, but God’s Word always witnesses to His glory and will pull people toward Him.

           Isaiah 55:10-11 says, “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (NKJ).

          God has a specific purpose for His Word in each of our lives. He has sent it to us and it will do what He sent it out to do. We might as well just surrender to it.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

~ by sanewriter on October 11, 2011.

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