Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, May 17th, 2021
Sinners & Prodigals
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 (NASB)
Who is the 'baddest' star in Hollywood? Fans can't get enough of wandering stars who flagrantly flaunt and flippantly fall.

Christians may groan and criticize the show, but one eye stays glued to the spectacle.

Still, consider a mind-blowing question: Could down-and-out, in-your-face sinners be closer to salvation than some of us? Everyone's seen respectable Christians caught in very un-respectable acts.

Is this a revolutionary thought? Maybe, but I'm not the first 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 to repentance' (Mark 2:17).

Because who's really righteous anyway? And when someone doesn't know that he's lost, how can he be found? Why would he repent?

I lived what most call a successful life. Perhaps even an admirable life. But I was lost, and I didn't know it... until I became utterly broken. Only then did I pause and ask for help. What blessings come from knowing we are lost!

Many churchgoers believe they're righteous because they live a respectable life, a life without any obvious sin. In their minds, if they sin, their sins are small. Much smaller than the evil fornicators, doing lewd things and getting abortions.

But...

1) 'Whoever keeps the whole Law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it' (James 2:10). How many Christians are guilty of pride? Lustful thoughts? Unforgiveness? Gluttony? Hoarding? Condemnation? Discrimination? Seclusion?

2) 'If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us' (1 John 1:8). Plus, 'All our righteous acts are like filthy rags' (Isaiah 64:6). Therefore, sinners may be closer to Christ than Christians blinded by hypocrisy.

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

'The night is almost gone, and the day is near' (Romans 13:12). Let's move from self-righteous congregations to love and seek the lost, as did our Lord.

Entertainment's fields are ripe for harvest.

## Sinners & Prodigals

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. 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 Sinners & Prodigals 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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