Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, March 6th, 2020
Proverbs For Performers: Giving What God Hates
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord.
Proverbs 15:8, 21:27 (NKJV)*
I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
Your assemblies are a stench to Me.
Even though you bring me... offerings,
I will not accept them...
Away with the noise of your songs...
Amos 5:21-23 (NIV)
'The multitude of your sacrifices,
What are they to me?' says the Lord...
Stop bringing meaningless offerings!...
I cannot bear your worthless assemblies...
They have become a burden to Me;
I am weary of bearing them.
When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I hide My Eyes from you;
Even when you offer many prayers,
I am not listening.
Isaiah 1:11,13-15 (NIV)
What if our gifts, alms, tithes and offerings were valued as less than nothing to God? What if He called them abominations? What if our great churches or assemblies were discarded as worthless collections? What if He called them noisy and noxious?

Clearly, God hates religious hypocrites. Therefore, introspection is in order. Have we put our carts before our horses? Because if our carts carry gifts for God, and if our horses walk by His power, have some of us stalled out by the wayside? Has our religion become roadside trash?

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Church attendance, leading positions, big donations and rule adherence... won't be admitted as evidence when we face 'The judgment seat of Christ' (2 Corinthians 5:10, NKJV). God's criteria are different.

'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' (Matthew 25:40, NKJV).

'Pure and undefiled religion in the Sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress...' (James 1:27, NASB).

'For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings' (Hosea 6:6, NKJV).**

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your performances in media are beautifully presented gifts to countless numbers of love-starved fans. And when they look beyond your talent, they will see beautiful behavior: your joy, peace, kindness and compassion: a willingness to reach out to them that's unusual and engaging.

I believe your gift of going forth bearing the Good News of Jesus Christ is giving what God requests and loves.

## Proverbs For Performers: Giving What God Hates (Part 66)

* Short article on Proverbs 15:8:

** Short article: Why does God desire mercy and acknowledgement of Him instead of sacrifice (Hosea 6:6)?

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers 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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