Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
Positioning (Part 2: Separation)
And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.
Leviticus 20:26 (NKJV)
Therefore 'Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.'
2 Corinthians 6:17 (NKJV)
But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
John 7:10 (NKJV)
At one time or another, every hero in the Bible made a choice of separation from life as he knew it for life as God drew it. Separation periods varied (40 years for Moses, 40 days for Jesus), as did paths. But each path became a unique walk of fame that led others through a troubled world toward God.

Jesus deliberately separated Himself at certain times from His family, His enemies, and even His disciples. Why? 1) To avoid family entanglements with kin who did not yet believe in His ministry, 2) For strategic protection from His enemies until His voluntary submission, 3) To pray and receive new orders from God without distraction.

Actors, models, and talent for Christ must also 'Come out from among them and be separate': to blaze your own star path under the guidance of God. In case you're thinking 'them' is referring to Hollywood's current clientele, think deeper.

You're already separated from people who don't know God. But that's a separation God wants to close. Your example of godly character can open tired or frightened eyes. They'll peek to see if you're real, and if you are... you may lead a soul to Christ.

'Let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins' (James 5:20).

I believe the harder separation is leaving the path of the familiar--the path of family and friends. But only in separating yourself unto God's purpose can He fully use you. And only those who fully commit to Him can become stars. Because God made 'Stars to rule by night' (Psalm 136:9). Giving guidance to lost eyes is the role of a star.

What about other lights for Christ? The candle on the stand at home has its place. Being a light anywhere is good. Even in church. But the word 'star' is reserved for performers bold enough to rise in a dark sky.

'For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you' (Isaiah 60:2).

Stars for God: consider periods of separation as part of your positioning.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Positioning 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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