Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Patient Continuance
God, Who will render to each one according to his deeds: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality.
Romans 2:5-7 (NKJV)
Some of God's performers faint on the highway to Hollywood. When they hit bumps in the road or a long slow spot, they get tired, bored, or discouraged. They are tempted to turn back.

God shows and tells us that 'Many are called but few are chosen' (Matthew 20:16). How many actors, models, and talent for Christ are called to the entertainment industry, but never chosen for jobs--even though they're talented?

A key criterion for being 'chosen' is patient continuance. Jesus says 'Bear fruit with patience' (Luke 8:15), and 'By patience possess your souls' (Luke 21:19). The 'fruit' is our success: the excellent witness in a stand-out performance.

'Possessing our souls' is enjoying ownership of the parts we were created to play--and not just in Heaven, but here on earth.

How hard is it for us to remember that our obstacles are tests to make us stronger? Rejection, betrayal, scorn, debt, doubt, delays, mistakes, and fear were faced by God's heroes. But they didn't turn back. They patiently continued on their paths to greatness.

How many of God's performers might have received the big break they sought if they held the course for one more day or week or month or year? But they turned back.

Leaving 'the familiar' is a mandatory step for stars. I recall no Bible hero who did not choose to leave 'life as he knew it' for 'life as God drew it.' A faith walk with Jesus is no picnic. But it is a banquet and a grand adventure.

So, 'Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing' (James 1:4)--including God's destiny for you in the mission field called Hollywood.

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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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