Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, July 10th, 2015
Homesick (Part 3)
For Familiarity
One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14 (NKJV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
As Christians, God's commanding orders can be a slap in the face of familiarity. Our Great Commission requires transformation, revelation and the fuel to get up and go. Go where? Wherever God leads. What fuel? High-energy faith: the kind that moves us.*

Because familiarity is like hitting the brakes on a performance car, or driving it once a week to Sunday church, or garaging it to stare at its beauty. Its power is never put to the test.

But should faith be tied the altar of familiarity? Or should it go unto all nations as the light of Jesus Christ?

Actors, models and talent for Christ: When I travel, I miss my hometown. I've got routines and places I like. Truthfully, most of my trips are short. Pretty soon, I'm back to what I know. But some of you are called to do more.

You're called to auditions, sound stages and the airwaves of media. You're called to longer journeys in stranger places with outside people. You're called to be ambassadors for Christ with talent, faith and courage.

But longing for home can stop your progress. So how can you prevent homeward glances?

#1: Carry your homes in your heart. They are Jesus and Heaven. Hold tight to their earthly forms: He's in The Word, so read It. God's in His works, so see them. Meditate on a sunrise. Spend time with a laughing child. Find a house of deep worship.

#2: Focus on the mission field. Don't consider turning back. Embrace the lost and lonely. Forget about your old self. You're a new creation now: a pioneer with a cause. This cause is your commission. It may not come overnight, because all good things take time.

So if you're like a high performance car, if God fired up your heart like an engine, if your high-powered motor runs on faith, if your faith allows you to move mountains, if these mountains become super speedways, if today's fastest ways are media...

Don't stall out at home.

To Be Continued...

* Previous AMTC devotion: Christians Pitfalls, Settling Down:

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