Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
Self-Examination 2020: Mouth, Your Pontificator*
The wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.
Isaiah 29:14 (NIV)
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1 (NIV)
For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.
2 Peter 2:18 (NKJV)
One lust of the flesh is education: fancy letters trailing after a name like the puffs on the tail of a poodle. The degreed man and the pedigreed dog often prate and prance before clapping hands: raised to stand on platforms to be admired.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: I'm not denouncing education or its necessary credentials. Some jobs need proof of accomplishment. But can any university qualify saints to represent Christ? Or could this role's administration require a higher set of standards?

Like denying shows of pretension?
Like refusing to pontificate?
Like listening instead of speaking?

Because Christian pontificators are big talkers, but not big walkers. They sway and silence congregations with their intellectual brilliance.

Yet this brilliance is not His brilliance.
This pride is not His humility,
And their mouths are not the Mouth of Christ.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: A receptionist who talks too much subverts her leader's authority. Your roles as Christ's communicators call you to a better direction:

As in... be swift to hear, slow to speak, and to pontificate? Not at all.

## Self-Examination 2020: Mouth, Your Pontificator (Part 30)

* Although the word, pontiff, now refers to Christian church positions, its derivation is from Latin. Therein, the College of Pontiffs (in ancient Rome) were religious advisors to the king or the Senate on matters pertaining to the gods (not God).

NOTE: This is a 2020 edit of a 2017 Shine Devotion series, 'Self-Examination.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. 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 Self-Examination 2020 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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