Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
Prove It
Be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man.
1 Kings 2:2 (NKJV)
Therefore show to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love and of our boasting on your behalf.
2 Corinthians 8:24 (NKJV)
But now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have.
2 Corinthians 8:11 (NKJV)
Worshipping God in church is easy. Worshipping God outside of church is hard.

To 'worship' means to 'express feelings of profound adoration' (World English Dictionary). How can we profoundly adore God in our everyday lives? Think of Him often? Consider His Word? Pray without ceasing?

We can and we should. But when life knocks us down and around, it's tempting to get profoundly peevish. But the truth of our worship is proven in the world.

'A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another' (John 13:34). Loving our fellow man, especially the unlovable, is the proof God seeks. Therefore, we who call ourselves Christians must 'Complete the doing of it.'

Even though it's hard to show love in an unloving world. But the difficulty is desirable. Because when we're hard pressed, we begin to shine. When we begin to shine, we reflect light. Consider a mirrored building at sunrise. Consider the Son rising on you. The beauty is remarkable.

To 'Prove yourself a man' is to show 'Proven character' (Philippians 2:22); to show proven character is grace under pressure.

From this grace comes the movement of actors, models, and talent for Christ. It's a worldwide performance, an overwhelming agreement in the body of Christ--a symphony reaching out in profound adoration.

We smile in adversity, dance through disappointment, sing away sadness, and model Christ. We act like lovers, because in Him we are.

As proof, we invest the talents He gave us in an unlovable world, because we long to hear these words: 'Well done good and faithful servant... Enter into the joy of your Lord' (Matthew 25:21).

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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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