Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, May 11th, 2012
And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous-to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Luke 1:17 (NIV)
By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark.
Hebrews 11:7 (NKJV)
Preparation is the worldly ingredient for success that most talented performers forget. Through media hype or misplaced hope, they queue up by the thousands for a reality show break.

But talent alone is like a diamond in the rough. It's priceless, and some can see its value--but most cannot. The polish is missing. Talent alone is like a rare flower. It's amazingly beautiful, but left untended--the weeds cover it up.

Consider John the Baptist. His whole job was in preparation: 'To make ready a people prepared for the Lord' (Luke 1:17).

Actors, models, and talent for Christ: your preparation for the mission field of entertainment is three-fold. 'And a threefold cord is not quickly broken' (Ecclesiastes 4:12). You must become 'Useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work' (2 Timothy 2:21).

1) On a physical level, go the extra mile to outshine worldly performers. Practice your talent, heed good advisors, and work to become 'Ten times better than all' (Daniel 1:20) the wandering stars in Hollywood. You must get booked to get the fans hooked--on Jesus in you.

2) On a spiritual level, practice your faith, walk in love, and 'Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect' (1 Peter 3:15).

3) On a visionary level, look ahead. Consider yourself like John the Baptist to 'make ready a people prepared for the Lord.' As His role model and standard bearer, you stimulate a reconsideration of values. You soften hearts to receive the King. Consider yourself to be like Noah: the ark you prepare is your witness to the nations that will carry the willing to life.

Your reward for the hard work of preparation? 'Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him' (1 Corinthians 2:9).

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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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