Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
Acting School 2020: The Student Body
He put all things under His Feet, and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all.
Ephesians 1:22-23 (NKJV)
Christ is Head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body... that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
Ephesians 5:23, 26-27 (NKJV)
As Christ's body, have some of us lost His Way? Do we ride around like headless horsemen on holy crusades of our own?

Are we a glorious church, without spots, wrinkles or blemishes? Not all of us.

At best, we suffer outbreaks of acne. We try to cover the blemishes with expensive concealers, but puss pushes to the surface. At worst, we are lepers: unclean, unclean.

'Jesus cleanses us,' you might argue. 'We are made perfect by Him.' True enough. I'm not qualified to judge sanctification, cleansing or salvation.

Nevertheless, I believe our appearance to the non-believing world is urgently important. If we're charging around with swords of condemnation, if we look juvenile, old or unhealthy, who will want to join us?

How do we look like Christ?

'I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all, and in you all' (Ephesians 4:1-6).

Shouldn't lowliness be our status symbol? Because our church is a STUDENT body: Because 'A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master' (Matthew 10:24).

Our PhD's, pastors, elders and leaders must forget their heady titles and remember the roles that Jesus assumed: a humble Carpenter, a poor Evangelist and a convicted Prisoner.

As a church, have we humbled ourselves or exalted ourselves? I hope the former. I rue the latter.

## Acting School 2020: The Student Body (Part 7)

NOTE: This is a 2020 edit of a 2014 Shine Devotion series, ...Acting School.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting School 2020 series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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