Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Success Strategies (Part 13)
Exuberance
Then David danced before the Lord with all his might.
2 Samuel 6:14 (NKJV)
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Psalm 95:1 (NKJV)
But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ?
John 7:26 (NKJV)
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV)
Exuberance is 'effusively and almost uninhibitedly enthusiastic; lavishly abundant; overflowing; plentiful' (Random House Dictionary). We serve an exuberant God. He does 'Exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think' (Ephesians 3:20). He expects our exuberance in return.

'Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ' (Colossians 3:23-24). Note the word, 'Heartily.' So whatever we do, we must do it with passion. We must do it big.

Whether it's fighting a giant, singing a song, playing a role, making a move or taking a bow. We must do it big. Like Jesus. Isn't every actor, model and talent for Christ in media saying, 'Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ' (1 Corinthians 11:1)?

Do you feel too small? That's the best place to start! God will give you the power if you give Him the passion.

Consider Zacchaeus.* 'He was of short stature' (Luke 19:3). But he climbed a tree, committed to Christ, invited his friends and righted his wrongs--exceeding the laws of Moses and pleasing his God by exuberance.**

Consider Peter. He had a big mouth: 'Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, 'Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!' ' (Matthew 16:22). He made a big promise: 'Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!' (Matthew 26:35).

Peter spoke a big plan: 'If You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah' (Matthew 17:4). He showed big courage: 'He walked on the water to go to Jesus' (Matthew 14:29). He cried big fear: 'Lord, save me!' (Matthew 14:30).

Peter made a big mistake: 'Then he began to curse and swear, saying, 'I do not know the Man!' ' (Matthew 26:74). But undeniably, Peter was exuberant, and he became the Lord's chief disciple.

God promotes people of exuberance. Therein, exuberance is a success strategy.

To Be Continued:

*The Story of Zacchaeus, the tax collector: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+19%3A1-10&version=NKJV

**In the Law of Moses, thieves repay double, but Zacchaeus chose to repay four times more than what he took: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+22%3A7&version=NKJV

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies (2013) series.


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