Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, February 20th, 2021
Model Conduct 2021: Be A Team Player
We, who are many, are one body in Christ.
Romans 12:5 (NASB)
Among insiders, Tom Hanks has long been called 'the nicest actor in Hollywood.' When he won the first of his two Oscars (for the endearing role of Forrest Gump)...

He gave credit to the film's cast and crew.
He praised his wife and fellow nominees.
He asked God's blessing on the room and world.
His acceptance speech has millions of views.

Here's the thing: Tom Hanks is a team player. When given glory, he doesn't keep it. He's one part of a whole, and so are we.

'For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body- whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free- and have all been made to drink into one Spirit' (1 Corinthians 12:13).

You're never a star by your own power. As a Christian, you're never the main star.

But even in a worldly production, you can't begin to succeed by yourself. Every set and sound stage requires a team. And without the team, the show CAN'T go on.

So take a back seat. Regard everyone. Realize their value, because God does.

Also remember: performers for God are no more than understudies to Christ.

Peter sums up your on-stage direction: 'Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king' (1 Peter 2:17)... including the kings of entertainment.

## Model Conduct 2021: Be A Team Player (Part 3)

NOTE: This is a 2021 edit of a 2011 Shine Devotion series, Model Conduct. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Model Conduct 2021 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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