Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, January 11th, 2018
Success Strategies (Part 2)
A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' But they all with one accord began to make excuses.
Luke 14:16-18 (NKJV)*
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.
Matthew 22:2-3 (NKJV)*
If media is a party that covers the Earth, if select saints are invited to the party by God, then willingness to go is essential. We can't prefer our own agendas.

Consider the Great Commission: 'Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature' (Mark 16:15). Every creature? Even prodigals? Especially prodigals. 'I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance' (Luke 5:32). 'For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost' (Luke 19:10). If we hang in our comfy cozies, how can we seek and save the lost?

From an earthly point of view, following Jesus is risky business. We might be persecuted--or lose all we've got (for a time). But not taking the risk is worse. We might lose all we've got -- for all time.

Consider The Parable of the Talents.* The play-it-safe servant faced a dire punishment. 'Cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth' (Matthew 25:30).

Consider The Parable of the Wedding Feast.* Those who made light of the lord's call and went about their own business faced death alongside evil murderers: 'He sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city' (Matthew 22:7).

Consider The Parable of the Great Supper.* Those who declined the lord's call with various excuses were barred from his presence: 'For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper' (Luke 14:24).

That Master and Lord is Jesus. 'You are not willing to come to Me that you may have life' (John 5:40).

On the other hand, God promotes people of willingness. 'If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land' (Isaiah 1:19). Therein, willingness is a success strategy.

To Be Continued...

* See The Parable of the Great Supper:

* See The Parable of the Wedding Feast:

* See The Parable of the Talents:

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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