At first I had a bit of a moral issue about painting the props and sets for the biggest dance music festival in the world, EDC. Wendy and I, Juan’s crew, Anthony and several others worked on the project, painting owl houses, the statue of liberty, a windmill, a robot and so many other things. Juan’s crew put together the entire vinyl proscenium for 8 stages. But beyond the physical part of painting and building the sets, there was a spiritual aspect as well.
Though the Electric Daisy Carnival has a reputation as a rave event with lots of drugs, booze and sex, God showed me that Jesus would be showing up and there would be young enthusiastic Christians at the festival. They would be ministering to other young people searching for answers, searching for truth, searching for Jesus.
The love we put out in our work and our hands on each element of the set would be a part of setting the spiritual stage for good things to take place there. Everything we put our hands to has an effect, a vibe, an aura, whatever you want to call it. Ours was to put out the love of God and set the stage for the young Christians to have a better atmosphere for sharing the truth of Jesus to searching hearts. Where were you when you first responded to the Lord? A bar? In jail? Alone in your house? At a party? Or at an EDC event?
When God instructed Moses to build a tabernacle in the desert, Moses called on artists to decorate, costume people to sew elaborate outfits, carpenters, jewelers, metal workers and all kinds of skilled crafts people to do the work to glorify God. (See Exodus 35). It’s not much different today.
Though we were not decorating and building a tabernacle, Ephesians tells us that in our work we are to “be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear [respect] and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ.” We are to think about our work as if we are doing it for God, not man. “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart” (Eph 6:5-6).
And Colossians 3: 23-24 tells us, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
When we serve the Lord Jesus from our hearts, in our work, we can glorify God and help spread His truth to others.
Though I had a small religious hiccup at first, God changed all that. Since the Lord arranged for me to be a part of it, who am I to say no. It was a real privilege to work on this project. It was totally God’s will.
Jesus in his life here on earth went into the places no religious person would ever go, but He went. “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 2:16-18).
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17).
On this last evening of the EDC festival, I say, “GO JESUS!”
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