Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Drifting (Part 2, Conclusion)
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
Psalm 84:5 (NKJV)
If Christians are crew members on the boat of faith and Jesus is our Captain, we must heed His orders in the turbulent waters of this world. Because 'He who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind' (James 1:6). Drifting away from God is dangerous.

Instead, we must set our hearts on pilgrimage, which is 'a journey to a sacred place' (World Dictionary). For God's performers, I believe this journey is threefold.

1) 'Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness' (Matthew 6:33). The kingdom of God is the most sacred place. It is Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit. It is found by abiding in Him (see John 15:5).

2) 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation' (Mark 16:15). Our journey is a Great Commission from Jesus Christ to spread His good news of love, forgiveness, and life in Him.

3) 'For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability' (Matthew 25:14-15).

The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25 gives God's performers their marching orders, along with rewards and penalties. Their journey into the mission field of Hollywood opens screen doors for millions of God's children to meet Jesus--and to begin their own pilgrimage.

But how can actors, models, and talent for Christ maintain God's course in the murky mire of media? If 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for' (Hebrews 11:1), then hope is the building material of faith--which is our boat. So we hope in faith.

We hope through dream haters, lost auditions, or long and stormy seas. 'This hope we have as an anchor of the soul' (Hebrews 6:19). We are blessed through hope. It keeps our boat of faith from drifting.

As for The Drifters? They are a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band from the 1950s. We are not the drifters.

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