Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Cut It Off (Part 3, Conclusion)
The Cut Off Switch
If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
Matthew 5:29 (NKJV)
When cameras were invented, we could see the world. When television entered our homes, we could visit the world. When advertising became a world-class con game, our eyes became flooded with temptations. And we lusted like never before.

'For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world' (1 John 2:16).

Jesus says, 'The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness' (Luke 11:34).

Therefore, we must be careful about what we see. Because what we see can become what we want--even unto a deadly temptation. 'Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak' (Mark 14:38).

If what you see becomes simply irresistible, remove your eye from it. Pluck it out. Cut it off. Turn away from enticing commercials, catalogues, and magazines. Naughty movies and magic shows. Window shopping becomes window buying. We put on what we see.

But God can use that. Consider actors, models, and talent for Christ to be a holy bait and switch operation.

God's performers are becoming the 'what' that shopping eyes seek. Instead of witnessing lifestyles of stars sold-out to the world, fans are witnessing lifestyles of stars sold-out for Jesus.

But stay vigilant. Keep watch. 'Keep yourselves from idols' (1 John 5:21). Keep yourself Christ-like. Because to cheering eyes, you may become an idol for a minute. So don't buy into your own image. Maintain God's bait and switch. Upon a closer look, your audience will see Jesus.

Performers for God are the 'cut-off' switch for evil. When you're in God's 'on' position, the enemy is left in darkness. And you? 'You are the light of the world' (Matthew 5:14).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Cut It Off 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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