Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, May 31st, 2014
Christian Pitfalls (Part 7)
Settling Down
Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.
Genesis 13:11-13 (NKJV)
In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army... But David remained in Jerusalem. One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful...
2 Samuel 11:1-2 (NIV)
Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV)
If the pitfall of busyness is like a racetrack (where Christians are fooled into believing they're going somewhere good), then the pitfall of settling down is like a skyscraper (where Christians are fooled into believing they've gotten somewhere good).

Especially in America, we've reached a pinnacle of comfort: a dee-luxe apartment in the sky, a room with a view. We look down from lovely windows to see pain and corruption, but it doesn't touch us. We want to stay safe. We don't want to get down and dirty--except maybe for a mission trip. But one week a year is hardly living a life of sacrifice.

Here's God's paradox: in living the high life, we've become low. In settling down, we're not up at all. We've distanced ourselves from God--and His plan for our lives.

When King David got comfy, he decided not to go out to war with his men. Consequently, he saw Bathsheba, and settled down to disaster. Although God forgave him, the consequences of David's mistake were great.

When Lot got comfy, he decided not to follow Abraham with his men. Consequently, he saw Sodom and settled down to disaster. Although God saved him, the consequences of Lot's mistake were great.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: don't settle. Don't get comfortable. Church is fellowship, but it's not your Lifeline. Your Lifeline is Jesus, and He said:

'Go therefore and make disciples of all nations' (Matthew 28:19); 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature' (Mark 16:15); 'You are witnesses of these things' (Luke 24:48); 'As the Father has sent Me, I also send you' (John 20:21).

Settling down is not your destiny. Instead, it's reaching up to God and reaching out to man. By the magnification of media, many will see you, grab hold and follow.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Pitfalls 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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