As one of America’s premiere ventriloquists, David Pendleton will make you believe that anything can talk! As a 20-year veteran entertainer and born again Christian believer, David uses his humor and stellar techniques to keep the audience engaged and laughing from start to finish, mixing in the truths of God’s plan for their lives. He has created a series of puppets for his characters that he uses in his shows and brings them to life by projecting his voice through them. Until the puppets start to talk, they are simply lifeless, but when, what is in the mind of David’s is projected through these puppets, it seems as if the lifeless puppets are alive. See David can only use puppets that are lifeless for his show. If he was to use an organism that had a mind of its own and one that could verbally express it’s feelings, emotions and thoughts, then David cannot really use that organism to tell his story.
Similarly, we are created in the image of God. We are dead (lifeless) spiritually and until the voice of God which in the beginning said “Let there be light (that dispels the darkness)” is heard and received by those dead in sin, we remain lifeless. Jesus Christ is THE Light that dispels the darkness of sin and until He is received by you and me, we remain in spiritual darkness. When we hear God speak and when we respond, we can be used by Him to tell His story of grace, mercy, and love to the world that is in audience. Just like without David, the puppets can do nothing. Without Jesus, we can do nothing (John 15:5). We are merely God’s mouthpiece. It is not our wisdom or words that brings life, but it is the voice of God that is communicated through our lives that bring life to the lifeless and in order for God to work through us, we must be lifeless and have not a mind of our own. Instead, we are not to be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed (more and more) into God’s likeness by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2).
Point(s) to ponder:
Does the world around you hear the voice of God projected in and through you?
John 15:15 (KJV)
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.