Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
Model Conduct #10
Be Generous
Contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
Romans 12:13 (NAS)
The great majority of us, even Christians, would prefer to hang out with family or friends--with people like us. However, our job description from Him says the opposite in matters of hospitality.

Jesus said, 'When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind' (Luke 14:12-13).

The Apostle Paul said, 'Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it' (Hebrews 13:2).

Not only might we have entertained angels, but we might have entertained King Jesus Himself; 'The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me' ' (Matthew 25:40).

Actors, models, and talent for Christ have a distinct advantage in their assignment. When they enter the mission field of entertainment, they are surrounded by strangers. Hospitality becomes a way of life and the way to life--both as a performer for God and a performer for the world.

The difference is the return. The world says, 'You pat my back, and I'll pat yours.'

God says 'Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure--pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return' (Luke 6:38). God is the Responsible Party, and He never forgets a favor.

Therefore actors and artists, keep reaching out. Keep giving. Keep practicing hospitality. But don't look to the world for your payback. Look to God.

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