Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Success Strategies (Part 12)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the Image of His Son.
Romans 8:29 (NKJV)
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
Mostly, Hollywood is into type casting. Roles are won by appearances. Mostly, God is into off-type casting. Roles are won by the heart. Surely, His plays are beyond human understanding.

But one thing is certain: God likes nonconformity. That is to say, He likes nonconformity to the world's standards, a.k.a. peer pressure. 'Do not be deceived: 'Evil company corrupts good habits' ' (1 Corinthians 15:33). 'The companion of fools will be destroyed' (Proverbs 13:20).

Hollywood likes nonconformity, too--at least in terms of your talent. Producers search for 'the next new act.' The condition of your heart is irrelevant.

Rising stars: to succeed in both realms (the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of entertainment), you need:

1) The courage to stand out from the crowd. To be the best among your peers is a start, but the best finish requires conformity to Christ.

2) The greater courage to stand up in a crowd... for Jesus--and to lay your success, crowns and trophies at His Feet.

Because the greatest act of human nonconformity is godly conformity. How is this possible in a world of corruption? In our power, it isn't. In His power, all things are possible. Especially miraculous transformations.

If we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, we will enjoy the fruits of a life well-lived--even success in the entertainment industry.* Therein, nonconformity is a success strategy.

To Be Continued...

* 'But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you' (Matthew 6:33).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies 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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