Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, January 16th, 2012
Lights, Camera, Action (Part 3)
But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 (NKJV)
Dress for success. Every performer knows the clothing he wears to auditions and premieres matters. Every smart performer knows the attitude he wears matters even more. Every godly performer knows the heart of the matter. First and foremost, he puts on the armor of God (see Ephesians 6:10-18).

Therein is true success manifested, protected, and guaranteed for life.

Notice the substance of your apparel: faith, hope, and love. 'And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love' (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Actors, models, and talent for Christ put it on this way: 'Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father' (1 Thessalonians 1:3).

'Your work of faith' sums up a performer's life; you step forward in faith on every audition--speaking boldly, risking failure, showing brilliance, and leading others. Stars put their 'work of faith' on a platform of courage that few can climb. Even dark stars work in faith, but they work for the wrong director.

Your 'labor of love' sets you apart. It's not just the joy of the job; it's how to do the job. Loving your fans is a start, but God's stars are called to love rude agents, arrogant directors, tired secretaries, ruthless competitors, and wandering stars in ungodly places. It's called 'labor' because it's not easy.

The 'patience of hope' is your headgear. It's invisible to human eyes, but becomes evident by your actions. It's how you handle waiting for success, because God's performers wait on their Director's cue. You rehearse your roles just like you pray: without ceasing. You don't go home in the midst of a long rehearsal.

And when God calls you on the stage, you're ready.

Therefore, put on faith, hope, and love before you leave your house every morning. Without them, you are naked.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Lights, Camera, Action 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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