Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Lights, Camera, Action (Part 6)
Family Matters
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NKJV)
Jesus redefines family: 'For whoever does the will of My Father in Heaven is My brother and sister and mother' (Matthew 12:50). Those who love God and follow Jesus are His family and ours.

As for our earthly kin? 'If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple' (Luke 14:26). These words seem harsh, but this type of 'hate' refers only to a second-place status behind Jesus.

We must not love anyone more than God. If we do, even family can become 'idols': children worshipped by parents, husbands worshipped by wives, or celebrities worshipped by fans.

If actors, models, and talent for Christ are our family, God tells us how to love them best:

1) To warn 'those who are unruly' is to love your fellow performers enough to bring them home, to bring them back to God. 'Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted' (Galatians 6:1). Remember, correction must be kind.

2) To comfort the 'fainthearted' is to encourage those who are disheartened. Maybe your friends have not booked work or feel discouraged. The enemy screams 'give up.' God whispers 'give thanks.' Confirm His still, small voice. Your compassion can save a career, a mission, or even a life.

3) To uphold the weak is to lend a helping hand. Maybe you pick up the bill, tote the bag, or even 'Carry the cross' (Matthew 27:32) of someone else for a time. What does Jesus have to say about it? 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' (Matthew 25:40).

4) To 'be patient with all' means to show forbearance, faith, and even gratitude when you lose the role, the agent is rude, your roommate bails out, or your situation seems hopeless. Patience is trusting God; it is a flag of maturity that gives hope to others who watch your godly reactions in tough times.

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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