Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Leadership (Part 9)
Your Qualification: The Light
Giving thanks to the Father Who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we have redemption through His Blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:12-14 (NKJV)
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling... that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world...
Philippians 2:12,15 (NKJV)
Surely, the essential Qualification for Christian leadership is Jesus: 'The Light of the world' (John 8:12). By Him, we are redeemed, reborn and remade in His Image. If we are jars of clay, the moment we surrender to God, transformation begins. We are cleaned on the inside and polished on the outside.

Salvation may occur in a flash, but most often, transformation takes time. It took Jesus 33 years to fulfill His role as 'The Messenger of the Covenant' (Malachi 3:1).

Spiritual fitness, like physical fitness, requires day-by-day effort. In the process of affirming God (by word, prayer and deed) and denying self (by humility, sacrifice and obedience), we grow increasingly bright. We shine, which is His direction to us.

'Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you' (Isaiah 60:1).

In contrast to a veiled and opaque existence, we live an increasingly transparent life. Observers see through us to His Light within. Given a choice, most people want to live in the light. Even without knowing its Source, they are attracted to it.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven' (Matthew 5:14-16).

The entertainment industry offers great quantities and varieties of light: from the wash on a stage to the glow of your phone; from the glare of a screen to the flash of a bulb. You know when it's manmade, because when the light turns off, so do the stars reflecting it.

But God's stars shine best in darkness.

If anyone says you're unqualified for this mission, don't believe it. Resist every lampshade, roof and dimmer switch. God not only gives you His Light, but He shows you how to shine: 'The Helper, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things' (John 14:26). 'He will guide you' (John 16:13).*

To Be Continued...

* The Holy Spirit as our Teacher:

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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