Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, June 10th, 2012
But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
Luke 6:32 (NKJV)
And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
Luke 6:33 (NKJV)
And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.
Luke 6:34 (NKJV)
Definitions of the word 'credit' include: '1. The quality of being believable or trustworthy, 2. The positive balance in a person's bank account' (Collins English Dictionary). But our culture of false economy has given 'credit' a false meaning--then put it on a card. Therein, positive becomes negative.

In God's economy, negative becomes positive. Ashes become beauty. Old becomes new, and death becomes life. It's a heavenly exchange program that only the God of redeeming love could design.

When Jesus died on a cross, Satan's banking system died with Him. When He rose from the dead, He offered us a divine exchange program and a no-fail banking system in Heaven, 'Where thieves do not break in and steal' (Matthew 6:20).

How do we store up such riches? 'Love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High' (Luke 6:35). We have to buy-in to God's credit program in order to receive His dividends. It's all about positive for negative.

How does God's credit plan relate to actors, models, and talent for Christ in the entertainment industry? It's the same system. God is perfectly consistent. We give back positive for negative, clean for dirty, new for old, and good in the face of evil.

We love those who do not love us: the prodigals, the lost, and the apathetic. How? By not judging, not condemning, and showing them love instead. We do good when it's not easy to do good. We smile when we wait in a long line, when we lose an audition, or when an agent treats us scornfully.

We lend our talent to productions where the budget is zero--where we aren't even paid. Because in God's bank, we will be paid in abundance, and because it makes Him smile.

When the credits of our lives as God's performers roll on glory day, our names will be listed as understudies and stand-ins for the King. And these are the credits of true gold.

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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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