Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Stage Hands
On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor... But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked.
1 Corinthians 12:22-24 (NAS)
In the Bible we read about the diversity of gifts and talents, how each person is a vital member of the Body of Christ, how we must join to glorify God--to become not just disciples, but an orchestrated movement united in Him.

Actors, models and talent for Christ form the body of Christ within the entertainment industry. We follow our head, our 'Bright Morning Star' (Revelation 22:16), Jesus. Why?

Because individuality reigns in Hollywood--a self-serving talent fortress that seems impregnable; inside it grasp creators, directors, actors, and stars.

While the enemy tries to organize his talent team into a precision unit, it's impossible. Arrogance, ambition, and vanity divide them. Glory-seekers push fellow climbers off the ladder of success they hope to ascend.

Unfortunately, the golden star they see at the top is not a real star, and this ladder is not Jacob's ladder.

God's performers unite in opposition to self-interest. They stand eager to jump off-stage to lend a hand; the only upward movement they seek is toward God, and it's a journey best taken together. Everyone is invited.

In a perfectly paradoxical plot, God's leading men follow. They laugh at the spotlight that chases them.

They join arms with the entire crew on every set. Everyone is invited to their party.

In truth, we are all stage hands, assistants, and stand-ins. The only star is Jesus.

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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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