Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, October 7th, 2019
Success Strategies: Willingness
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)*
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)*
If the entertainment industry is like a party that covers the earth, if actors, models and talent for Christ are invited to join it, then their willingness to go is essential.

But some say, 'I'm busy. I volunteer in church. Besides, media is filled with people I'd rather not meet.'

Now consider the Great Commission: 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature' (Mark 16:15, NKJV).

Every creature? Even wandering stars? Especially wandering stars... and the wandering fans who follow them.

'I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance' (Luke 5:32, NKJV). 'For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost' (Luke 19:10, NKJV).

If we remain cozied up in church, how can we seek and save that which was lost?

I get it. Following Jesus is risky business. We might be tempted or taunted. But not taking the risk is worse.

In The Parable of the Talents,* the play-it-safe servant (who buried his master's talent rather than invest it in the world) faced a dire punishment:

'Cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness' (Matthew 25:30, NKJV).

In The Parable of the Wedding Feast, those he invited who no-showed faced death alongside murderers:

'He sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city' (Matthew 22:7, NKJV).

In The Parable of the Great Supper, those who declined the lord's call with personal and professional excuses were barred from his presence:

'I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper' (Luke 14:24, NKJV).

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

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, NKJV).

Therein, willingness is a success strategy.

## Success Strategies: Willingness (Part 2)

* See The Parable of the Great Supper:

* See The Parable of the Wedding Feast:

* See The Parable of the Talents:

NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2013 devotion series called, 'Success Strategies.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His 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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