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On The Catwalk (2 of 4)
Series: Modeling For God
II Corinthians 2:14-16
OPEN: (We opened the sermon with about 30 seconds of a video showing a group of modestly dressed models walking down a catwalk at a fashion show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHPq4nMA2ZI)
(Then we switched to a youtube video of a veteran fashion model describing the purpose of the catwalk in the fashion world. We began at the 33 second mark of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQQjB7XNidwandfeature=related and ended at approximately the 1:10 mark - before the speaker gets into difference between various kinds of fashion shows)
APPLY: A catwalk (also called a "runway") is a narrow, flat platform that runs into out into an auditorium. Models walk on this platform into a crowd of media and potential buyers, wearing special clothing and accessories that are made by the fashion house they represent.
According to the expert we just showed few seconds ago, this type of modeling isn't about the model. The models try very hard to be low-key in their walk down the catwalk so that they don't distract from the major objective of their job.
That purpose? A fashion catwalk is a tool that fashion houses use to show off their best products to potential buyers. To the fashion houses, catwalk models are not the focus for the audience… it's the clothing, handbags, footwear and other accessories.
Now, the Bible tells us that God has His own kind of Catwalk. And He uses that catwalk for an entirely different reason than fashion houses do. God has an entirely different mindset/ entirely different set of priorities.
So, what's God's catwalk like?
Paul wrote: "… thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ…"
2 Corinthians 2:14
We are walked down a catwalk. We are put on display as we're led in a triumphal procession. God is not showing off our clothes, our handbags, nor our footwear. God is not showing of the outer garments of his models… He's showing of ...
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