Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
Homesick (Part 8)
For Success
Do not love the world or the things in the world.
1 John 2:15 (NKJV)
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
Matthew 16:26 (NKJV)
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: maybe hometown applause came easy for you. Maybe to your friends, you're already a star. Maybe bigger stages have kept you waiting. Maybe you miss being appreciated. If this is true, what should you do about it?

First, consider these questions: How do you define success? The number of your callbacks or the pursuit of your calling? Getting booked for a great role or giving up the wrong offer? Impressing a big agent or obeying your Creator?

Turning all chairs on 'The Voice' or turning your ear to The Voice. Starring for Steven Spielberg or pleasing God's heavenly hosts? Lighting up Broadway stages or reflecting the light of Christ? Modeling designer clothes or modeling your Designer?

Eating dinner with big names or serving supper to the poor? Recording a big album or singing in a nursing home? Getting paying jobs quickly or patiently waiting for God? Expecting success your way or thanking Him for everything?

But can't success be defined in all of these ways? Only if worldly goals are second place for you. Only if you don't chase entertainment crowns first, but seek to receive 'An imperishable crown' (1 Corinthians 9:25). So, 'Do not conform to the pattern of this world' (Romans 12:2).

Instead, be patient, faithful, thankful and don't quit. Like Abram, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and David. Their leading parts seemed unachievable for years. Or supporting roles like Sarah and Miriam. Don't let big shots fool you. Remember, God's different. Bible heroes define success as pleasing God.

Because of that, He gave them worldly success, too. Even power, position, honor, wealth and fame.

To Be Continued...

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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