Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, May 15th, 2021
Counting The Cost
And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, 'Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.' And Jesus said to him, 'Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His Head.'
Matthew 8:18-20 (NKJV)
Did Jesus get tired when people 'Thronged Him' (Luke 8:42)?

We know He sought solitude for prayer. 'In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there' (Mark 1:35). Surely, prayer is rejuvenating. It's also our compass to stay on track. (Because wrong tracks waste time and energy.)

But even before His crucifixion, living in comfort wasn't His concern. We were His concern. Our lives and our homes. Our earthly and ultimate destiny.

Jesus never regretted His calling or the hard parts. He was born to perform.

Nevertheless, in numerous Scriptures, He tells His disciples to count the cost; 'For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?' (Luke 14:28).

Here's the hardest bottom line ever said: 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me' (Matthew 16:24).

So as His performer, what might it cost?

1) Many people will love and admire you, but some will hate you for no good reason. 'Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil' (Luke 6:22).

2) You risk failure with every audition, and your occupation seems so risky. On the other hand, 'What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul' (Mark 8:36)? Hint: When you're working for God, loss brings gain!

3) Sometimes, private time will be hard to find. Therefore, you must diligently seek it. 'And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray' (Matthew 14:23). So turn off the noise and make time for God.

4) Because your role is one of leadership, expect to be tested beyond others. 'Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you' (1 Peter 4:12).

5) You will be scrutinized beyond others. Your conduct on set (and off) will be watched, especially during stressful moments. As a public ambassador for Christ, 'Abstain from all appearance of evil' (1 Thessalonians 5:22).

6) Your fans bring you privilege and duty, a serious responsibility. You're commissioned to be their example of what a true Christian is all about. 'From everyone who has been given much, much will be required' (Luke 12:48).

Like Jesus, were you born to perform? Yes!

## Counting The Cost

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 Counting The Cost 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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