Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, April 1st, 2011
If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.
Matthew 18:13 (NAS)
Who is the 'baddest' star in Hollywood? The media cant get enough of wandering stars who sin openly and extravagantly. We groan and shake our heads at each new escapade, but we're fascinated by their adventures, nonetheless.

In truth, I believe public sinners are closer to salvation than many respectable folks we assume to be Christians. A revolutionary thought? Maybe, but I'm not the first One to think it. 'For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost' (Matthew 18:11). 'I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners' (Mark 2:17).

How can anyone be found who doesn't know he is lost? I lived what others might consider a successful life, even an admirable one. But I was lost and I didn't know it - until God allowed me to become overwhelmingly confused and utterly broken. Only then did I pause and ask for help. What blessings come from knowing we are lost!

Some church-going people think they are 'righteous' because they live a respectable life in the eyes of this world. Yet, we are reminded that 'all our righteous acts are like filthy rags' (Isaiah 64:6). Therefore, prodigals are closer to the truth than those who live under a blinding veil of hypocrisy.

What's an actor or artist for Christ to do at such a time as this?

'The night is almost gone, and the day is near' (Romans 13:12). Let us move from self-righteous congregations and seek the prodigals, as did our Lord. The field of entertainment is ripe for harvest.

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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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