Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, September 12th, 2020
All Things New 2020: Your New Performance
To the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
1 Corinthians 9:22 (NKJV) *CALLOUT TO ACTORS!
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV) *CALLOUT TO MODELS!
He has put a new song in my mouth--Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.
How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!'
Here's the thing: celebrities fall frequently, but the enemy makes their landing seem easy, even fun: a quick kiss, a small drink or a little deal--then a lift back up. Hot air is abundant.

Pretty soon, stars dive willingly, but it's a baptism of a different kind: an immersion in a culture of corruption. Clearly, highs and lows are common among entertainers.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: To be a star for God on the airwaves of media, consider four things:

1) Walking in entertainment is like walking on water: it's gutsy and glorious. Remember Peter's courage, why he fell... and how he rose again.*

2) Jesus is your Lift, your Balance and your Safety Net. A slip may bring a bruise, but it will not be fatal. Instead, it will teach you to keep your eyes on Him.

3) To get the world's support, you must seem new and surprisingly good. To get the Lord's support, you must BE new and surprisingly good.**

4) To cover God's talent under the roof of a church is like an above-ground burial: the kind they did in Bible days. The dead were shrouded and entombed.

But God removed the veil of separation by the sacrifice of Jesus, the Romans removed the temple walls by the stubbornness of priests, and you've been called to remove all barriers between God and His people.

## All Things New 2020: Your New Performance (Part 18)

* Jesus and Peter walk on water:

** 'Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor' (1 Corinthians 10:24).

** 'The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness' and 'self-control' (Galatians 5:22-23).

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series, 'All Things New.' 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 All Things New 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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