Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Leadership (Part 15)
The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
James 3:17 (NKJV)
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
1 John 3:2-3 (NKJV)*
As a member of the Master's inner circle, John was destined to lead. The disciple 'Whom Jesus loved' (John 13:23), the one He entrusted to care for His mother, exampled every quality of Christian leadership--including purity.

If we are pure, we are 'free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter' (Random House Dictionary). Paul put it this way: 'Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles' (Hebrews 12:1).

Although the Blood of Jesus 'Cleanses us from all sin,' we must still 'Walk in the light' and 'Have fellowship with one another' (see 1 John 1:7).

We must not become dependent or infused with extraneous matter, like willful sin, deceit, selfishness, bad friendships, wrong directions... You name it. What have you added or admitted to your life that holds you back or pulls you down?

Actors, models and talent for Christ: remaining pure in an impure industry seems dangerous. It's easy to remember the danger but forget the destination: the one that takes us out of park, through neutral and into drive; the ones that says 'Go into all the world' (Mark 16:15).

But how better to go than through media? Because media specializes in go. Our Go-Get-Em God gave us a go-get-em commission in a time of instant messaging. He trusted John with leadership in His new church: to broadcast revelations of great significance.

Today, He's trusted you with leadership in His renewed church: to broadcast revelations of great significance. Even more, you part of His reveal:

'You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts' (2 Corinthians 3:2-3).

To Be Continued...

* 'Here is the most mystical teacher of the New Testament insisting on plain morality as vehemently as his friend James could have done. The combination is very remarkable. Like the eagle he rises, and like the eagle, with the impetus gained from his height, he drops right down on the earth beneath!'

'And that is not only a characteristic of St. John's teaching, but it is a characteristic of all the New Testament morality--its highest revelations are intensely practical. Its light is at once set to work, like the sunshine that comes ninety millions of miles in order to make the little daisies open their crimson-tipped petals; so the profoundest things that the Bible has to say are said to you and me, not that we may know only, but that knowing we may do, and do because we are' (McLaren's Expositions on 1 John 3:3).

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