Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 24)
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations...
Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.

Mark 16:15 (NKJV)
Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name to all nations... And you are witnesses of these things.
Luke 24:47-48 (NKJV)
As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.
John 20:21 (NKJV)
If you're commissioned, you have a mission. Your Lord is extremely clear about it. He said it, taught it and acted on it. He left no room for doubt or confusion. Instead, He spent three years fleshing it out.

His mission concerns love and salvation. As in the Father, Son and Holy Ghost love earth's people extraordinarily. They want us to live with Them forever. God demonstrated the scope of His love when Jesus gave up His Life to save us.

After Jesus ascended to Heaven, His saints thought He'd be coming back quickly, but now it's been close to two thousand years.* Why have so many generations passed? Is it because He's still waiting on us to fully complete His Great Commission? And because lost sheep have yet to be found?**

Actors, models and talent for Christ, regarding your commissioned status, you get what many Christians forget: hanging with your brethren in small groups can't begin to match where Jesus hung. Certainly not on Calvary's hill, but neither when He hung with people other Jews deemed undesirable.

Heading to the hills of Hollywood is a commission meant just for you. Because through them you can find large groups of lost, lonely and seeking people. Kin might call them undesirable, but they are desirable to God. Some of them will follow you to Him.

To Be Continued...

* Since 'A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day' (2 Peter 3:8, NKJV), it's only been two days in Heaven since Jesus left. Therein, His Promise, 'Surely I am coming quickly' (Revelation 22:20, NKJV) still pertains.

** 'For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth' (1 Timothy 2:3-4, NKJV).

** ' 'Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?' says the Lord God, 'and not that he should turn from his ways and live?' ' (Ezekiel 18:23, NKJV).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... 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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