Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, March 18th, 2021
Jealousy's Up Side
I magnify my ministry, if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.
ROmans 11:13-14 (NASB)
Some call jealousy a green-eyed monster.* If we believe in demons (Jesus did), a ghoulish creature may be behind it. Because jealousy is a nasty sin.

On the other hand, God can be jealous in a fierce, fatherly, protective way.

He's a 'Consuming Fire, a jealous God' (Deuteronomy 4:24), and Paul tells the new churches, 'I am jealous for you with a Godly jealousy' (2 Corinthians 11:2). Why?

When we leave Him for another, we're doomed.

He deeply desires the best destiny for us- so much that 'The Eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him' (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Consider another positive twist, turning jealousy to its right side up... through actors, models and talent for Christ.

How? By means of your appearance, talent, passion, success, and remarkable joy!

But isn't drawing admiring glances... narcissistic and counter-productive? No, if upon a closer look at you (and you will inspire many closer looks), your followers discover true beauty.

Why? Beauty, truth and talent come from God. The real mission of Christian performers is to draw attention to Him in you.

Worldly stars are experts in jealousy. They use it for personal advantage: to get fans, sell products, and make money. Adding apathy to their selfishness, most have no desire to uplift their fans.

But that's exactly what you want to do: tell your fans Who helped you become a star, and how He wants them to shine as well.

Jealousy's upside is all about God.

## Jealousy's Up Side

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

* The term green-eyed monster, meaning jealousy, first appears in Shakespeare's Othello, when Iago says, 'Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock...'

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Jealousy's Up Side 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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