Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
All The World's A Stage
I speak to the world.
John 8:26 (NAS)
William Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances and one man in his time plays many parts' (As You Like It).

AMTC founder, Millie Lewis, said, 'Every time you step out of your front door, you're on stage' (speech to her students).

Jesus Christ said, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation' (Mark 16:15).

Any way you look at it, the world is a stage. Consider this difference: Shakespeare calls us 'merely players.' God calls us 'The stars of heaven' (Genesis 26:4). It depends on the perspective of the director. As performers for the Most High God, we reflect the light of Jesus Himself. We are His ambassadors. When a spotlight hits an actor on a mission from the King, the light magnifies and moves in ways we can't even imagine.

If all the world's a stage, then you are performing everywhere. You're on stage in the grocery store, church, or classroom, and certainly at auditions. You're on stage when you're backstage and nerves are tense. When you're stuck in a traffic jam with irritated drivers. When you're caught in the middle of a gossip circle.

Your stage time extends to the moment when a beggar asks for a handout or an annoying fan asks for an autograph. Are they angels in disguise (see Hebrews 13:1-2), or are they 'One of the least' (Matthew 25:40)?

Satan says the lights turn off after 'official' performances, that your 'private lives are private,' that 'what you do in Vegas stays in Vegas.' God says 'We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses' that we must 'Run with endurance the race that is set before us' (Hebrews 12:1). Our race is a stage.

Believe God.

Choose to accept your role from the King of truth. Shine on everyone in every setting. Since all the world's a stage, speak to it. Speak from it. People are watching you when you least expect, and God is watching you every moment.

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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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