Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, January 11th, 2013
Pilgrims, Sojourners, Ambassadors
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
Psalm 84:5 (NKJV)
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner, as all my fathers were.
Psalm 39:12 (NKJV)
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us.
2 Corinthians 5:20 (NKJV)
A pilgrim is 'a traveler or wanderer, especially in a foreign place' (Random House Dictionary). A sojourn is a 'temporary stay' (Merriam Webster). An ambassador is 'an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country.'

But a cool definition for a performer of God is this one: 'A beloved entertainer who has often been sent abroad by the president as his country's goodwill ambassador' (Merriam Webster).

Followers of Christ, remember two things: 1) Your true country, because your 'Citizenship is in Heaven' (Philippians 3:20). It's not on earth. All you have here is a temporary working visa from God.

2) Your true job: 'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation' (Mark 16:15). 'Therefore go and make disciples of all nations' (Matthew 28:19). Contrary to popular opinion, your job is not striving for money or success. Nor is it hanging with your homies.

Actors, models, and talent for Christ are pilgrims, sojourners, and ambassadors. Although you were born here, this country is foreign soil. Within it, you are God's beloved messengers commissioned on a good will assignment of extreme importance.

Your field is communication--specifically in media. It's massive, competitive, and covers the earth. Many call it entertainment. Some call it news. Most call it hype. A few call it deadly. But rise within it you must--as stars, as light, as truth.

But while you're carrying the truth, never get carried away by the spinners of tales around you. Keep your eye on your Commander. Keep your ear on His channels. Meet Him daily in the Bible, in prayer, and in fellowship with His people.

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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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