Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, January 30th, 2011
Called, Chosen & Faithful (Part 3, Conclusion)
Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.
Matthew 25:23 (NKJV)
He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.
Revelation 17:14 (NAS)
We know we are called. We believe we are chosen. We pray we are faithful.

Dearest God, if we have found favor in Your Sight, increase our faith.

Faith is a process of asking, believing and stepping out into the unknown. It's giving money to a stranger, making a move or going on audition after audition. It's risk without apparent reward. But a risk for God is the only risk worth taking, and in a perfect paradox--it's no risk at all.

Although the outcome is unseen and the timing unknown, success is completely guaranteed by the Ultimate Guarantor.

Here's the thing about faith: the 'asking' part is easy; the 'believing' part is a challenge and the 'stepping out' part is hard. Even harder is this: we can't stop stepping. Nor can we freeze, look back, retreat or run in the other direction.

Let the revelation of being 'called, chosen and faithful' come to us now. Let us live it now. God said it wouldn't be easy, but He gave us a clear path to follow.

And look at how it ends. 'Enter into the joy of your Lord.' Isn't that worth everything?

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Called, Chosen & Faithful 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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