Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, April 6th, 2018
Love... Is Not Grandstanding
If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, I would be nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2 (NLT)
On judgment day many will say to Me, 'Lord! Lord! We prophesied in Your Name and cast out demons in Your Name and performed many miracles in Your Name.'
Matthew 7:22 (NLT)
Largely, God's prophets lived hard lives, delivering hard news to hard-hearted people. Good news required strict terms of service. What a tough job! No wonder Moses and Jeremiah initially tried to deny it.

Surely, God's scholars live humbling lives, realizing their inadequacy to grasp the Mind and scope of their Headmaster. What a mysterious job! No wonder Nicodemus and Paul revealed their utter confusion.

Certainly, God's mountain movers live forbearing lives, lifting wheel-barrows of doubt to reach the realm of miracles. What a persevering job! No wonder Jesus waited on John's opener before stepping on stage.

Bottom line: beware modern saints who grandstand their gifts of prophesy, knowledge and faith. Compare them to Bible stars. Compare their suffering. Compare their humility.

Most of all, compare their love. Is it dedicating to helping others without calling attention to themselves? Because grandstanding is not the way of Jesus: the Man Who refused worldly crowns, retreated into prayer and made His grandest stand on a Cross.

God is our Audience.

Therefore, we love.

## Love Series: Love Is Not Grandstanding (Part 7)

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