Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
Stage Names (Part 3)
Light Of The World
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)
When 'The Light of the world' (John 8:12) calls us 'The light of the world' (Matthew 5:14), we are filled with hope and purpose. This stage name carries even more significance for God's performers.

Because we work in the 'lights, camera, and action' industry. Because we hope to see godly faces on the marquees of Broadway and the billboards of Times Square--plus the silver screens and the little screens.

Weren't we born to perform? To be in the light? Yes, but we were also born so that others might be born again--in Christ. We are not just to be 'in' the light, but to 'be' the light.

'Therefore He says: 'Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light' ' (Ephesians 5:14).

Given this name, what are the star qualities of light?

1) Illumination: 'A light to bring revelation' (Luke 2:32). 'Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!' (Psalm 43:3). God's talent must act in truth and love--not only on camera, but in every audition, waiting room, school room, and office. You're never off stage.

2) Victory over darkness: 'A new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining' (1 John 2:8). 'I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth' (Acts 13:47).

3) Leadership skills: A light is a torch that leads, and performers are born to lead. 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven' (Matthew 5:16). You are God's shining examples. 'Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever' (Daniel 12:3).

Therein is stage name #3: Light of the World.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Stage Names 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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