Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Beautiful! Like Esther (Part 16)
Beauty Ingredients: Courtesy
So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. And the king said to her, 'What do you wish, Queen Esther?'... So Esther answered, 'If it pleases the king...'
Esther 5:2-4 (NKJV)
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
Romans 13:1 (NKJV)
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
Titus 3:1-2 (NKJV)
Courtesy is 'Excellence of manners or social conduct, polite behavior, respectful' (Random House Dictionary). Esther was courteous. As a Jew in Persia, as a subject of its king, she knew the customs of both cultures. By God's divine plan, she rose to the top.

Before Esther was Daniel. Daniel was courteous. To Nebuchadnezzar he said, 'You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of Heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength and glory' (Daniel 2:37). As a Jew in Babylon, as a subject of its king, he knew the customs of both cultures. By God's divine plan, he rose to the top.

After Daniel and Esther was Jesus. Jesus was courteous. As a Jew in Israel, as a Subject of Rome, He knew the laws of both cultures. When the rule-driven Pharisees tried to divide His purpose as the Son of God and a Servant of Caesar...

'He said to them, 'Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's' ' (Luke 20:25). By God's divine plan, Jesus rose to the very top.

After Daniel, Esther and Jesus was Paul. Paul was courteous. As a Pharisee in Israel who became a disciple of Christ, he knew the laws of both cultures. By God's divine plan, he rose to every occasion. Paul explained how:

'I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more... to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law... that I might win those who are without law; 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 9:19-22).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: be courteous. As Christians in Hollywood, as performers for God, learn the laws of both cultures. By God's divine plan, you will rise. Contrary to popular opinion, it is possible. 'For nothing will be impossible with God' (Luke 1:37).

Can you reconcile both sets of rules? By the counsel of God's Holy Spirit, yes! When you see Hollywood's Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey) thank God first, when you see God's man (Bubba Watson) win the Masters twice, when you see the Superbowl quarterback (Russell Wilson) credit Christ for his victory, take heart. It's happening!

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beautiful Like Esther 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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