Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, March 20th, 2021
Be Surprising Christians: The Walk
Just then His disciples returned and were surprised to find Him talking with a woman.
John 4:27 (NIV)
Surprise Hollywood!

Don't condemn gays, sexy stars, other faiths, no faith at all...or 'obvious' sinners. 'Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned' (Luke 6:37).

From Christians, Hollywood expects proud eyes, stiff necks, mean mouths, and accusing fingers. So surprise them!

Rush to welcome downtrodden prodigals. 'But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him' (Luke 15:20).

Until they turn around, remain patient. Never give up hope. Never rant or judge. Always look ahead. Always show your faith. They're closer to salvation than you think.

Could honest sinners be nearer to God than harsh and hypocritical Christians?

'Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you' (Matthew 21:31).

'Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' ' (Matthew 7:22-23).

Another way to surprise Hollywood? Study their game and play it like a pro!

Go the extra mile in preparation. Be 'Ten times better' (Daniel 1:20), both on stage and off.

Work within media's infrastructure: 'Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's' (Matthew 22:21).

You must give and gain industry respect... before the 'locals' will listen to you (and the Good News you want to share with them).

Like Paul, become a consummate actor. 'To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews... to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the Law of God but under the Law of Christ.... I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some' (1 Corinthians 9:20-22).

Your strategy in three words? Walk in love.

What a wonderful surprise you will be to people desperately seeking hope. You may be the one to welcome them home.

## Be Surprising Christians: The Walk (Part 2, Conclusion)

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. 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 Be Surprising Christians 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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