Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, June 5th, 2011
Search And Rescue
For thus says the Lord God, 'Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day.'
Ezekiel 34:11-12 (NAS)
We are God's sheep. When we're lost or in trouble, He doesn't just send an angel or a priest--He comes Himself. We are His beloved children. When the shepherd leaves his 99 sheep to search for the one that is lost, when the father runs toward his prodigal son, we catch a glimpse of our value in God's Eyes.

To seal the deal and sign it in blood, God sent His only Son on the ultimate search and rescue mission to planet earth. Jesus sought His first disciples and continues His search today. Rescue remains His prime directive.

How does search and rescue relate to the talent industry? Once we're rescued by Jesus, we pledge to join the fire department. Our precinct is large and grand. It's filled with agents, stars, movie makers, and dreamers. Some know they're lost. More are confused. Therefore, search and rescue often begins undercover.

We look for those in need of rescue on their stages and sets. We're dressed in our gifts from God. We pursue peace in our star-studded districts. We perform our roles eagerly and valiantly, whether in a principle or supporting role.

Surely, the precinct of entertainment is a plumb assignment: one many new recruits dream of landing. But we must never get caught up in the movie mob to forget our more important job--a mission of search and rescue.

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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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