Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Model Conduct #3
Be A Team Player
We, who are many, are one body in Christ.
Romans 12:5 (NAS)
Tom Hanks has been called 'the nicest actor in Hollywood.' When he won the Academy Award for Forrest Gump, he gave credit to the cast and crew. He gave honor to his competitors and his wife. He asked God's blessing on the room and the world. His acceptance speech on YouTube has over two million views.

Tom Hanks is a team player. Though he is given the glory, he knows better than to keep it. He is one part of a whole. So are each of us.

'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).

Never think of yourself as a star by your own power. Never think of yourself as the main star. You cannot succeed without the agent, the grip, the gaffer, or the assistants large and small. Without the team, there is no production.

So, take a back seat. Shake every hand. Cherish all people, because God does.

Every role is important. Every performer for God is an understudy to Jesus. God is the Director, and our directions are clear.

The Apostle Peter sums it up: 'Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king' (1 Peter 2:17).

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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