Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, July 18th, 2011
Grumbling vs. Shining
Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.
Philippians 2:14-15 (NAS)
How will the entertainment world know you're a Christian?

Should you wear your 'I love Jesus' T-shirt on a casting call? Should you place your Bible on the audition table?

In scripture, Esther was instructed to hide her identity as a Jew when she entered the king's court. Only at a God-appointed time did she reveal her true purpose. Until then, Esther's behavior set her apart. So must yours.

As an actor, model, or talent for Christ, your behavior is on call 24/7. Before you speak your faith, you must act it.

God allows humility-checking, faith-building, patience-stretching circumstances as lessons. If you complain in adversity, you fail the test. Even more...

Negative words to anyone go straight into God's Ears. Consider His response to Moses regarding the Jews' complaining in the wilderness: 'How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who are grumbling against Me?' (Numbers 14:27).

The next time you find yourself in a pressure-filled situation, show your faith. Therein others will ' attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place' (2 Peter 1:19).

By shining in the dark, you reveal the nature of Christ. By shining instead of grumbling, you please God.

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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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