Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, November 21st, 2011
Light Can Be A Target
He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.
1 John 2:9 (NKJV)
When a thief breaks into a house, he may cut the power lines. When a vandal loots a store, he may shoot out the street lights 'For everyone practicing evil hates the light' (John 3:20).

When a dream hater sees a performer with a calling, he may try to stop that calling before it gets a good start. How? Ridicule, threats, guilt, or 'common sense.'

Performers for God, you are not common. You are royalty. You are stars in the making.

When you stand on a stage, the world's light is on you. Even more, God's light is in you. 'You are the light of the world' (Matthew 5:14); you 'Give light to all who are in the house' (Matthew 5:15). In truth, your 'Whole body will be full of light' (Matthew 6:22). Imagine that performance.

Such a light draws many people to God. Yet before that can happen, Satan will try to cover it up or blow it out; instead of giving 'Light to those who sit in darkness' (Luke 1:79), the enemy prefers that you sit in darkness. As for your light?

Many of God's performers are like flashlights in a closet turned to the 'off' position. While they sit safely tucked away, their batteries grow weaker.

The questions before Christian artists are these: Do you want to be a star for God that can be seen across the sky? Do you want to reflect the eternal light of the Lord to those who need it? Can watching you help them see Christ? The answers seem easy, but important choices are never easy.

The path toward godly stardom is marked with danger, temptations, waiting periods, and hills to climb. Yet, the real danger is not for God's people, but for the innocent, forgotten, and prodigal children--those being led in the wrong direction by the media. Therefore, God is promoting His stars across the globe in an unprecedented movement of light.

Will you be a target? Yes. But put on God's armor, and the enemy darts will bounce off (see Ephesians 6:10-18). More importantly, you will become a target for lost souls to seek. Your light will shine, so that fans will 'See your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven' (Matthew 5:16).

Under God's protection, becoming a target of light is a very good thing indeed.

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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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