Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, April 1st, 2021
The Biggest Loser: God's Irony
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.
Luke 9:24 (KJV)
The Biggest Loser was a TV hit. For years, fans witnessed weight-loss miracles: amazing physical transformations. The losers became winners of new lives!

BUT... the long-term results were distressing. Most loser-winners couldn't keep the win. They returned to old habits and desires.

God owns the patent on lasting newness! Through Him, we become earth's biggest losers.

It's not about pounds, but devilish chains.
Not through willpower or tough-love trainers.
It's not to gain looks, likes, loot or success,
But to gain everlasting peace and joy.

How? By entering the Kingdom of God--right where we are and surely beyond it.

In God's extraordinary irony,
A divine, transcendental mystery,
An exchange that defies human logic...

We give up our hopelessly sinful lives,
And surrender our old aspirations-
To Jesus. We win all... by losing all.

The Bible calls it being born again. The Holy Spirit takes up residence. Yet His takeover is incremental, and the Lord allows us to set the pace. So we continue to discard our junk... in the quest to be God's biggest losers.

Among the weightiest stuff to throw out? Pride, lust, selfishness and unforgiveness. We lose the wrong life to gain the right life. The quicker the pace, the hotter the race.

Better than any television coach is our Live-In Coach, God's Holy Spirit. We also have fans: His Heavenly Hosts.

'Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.' (Hebrews 12:1).

Through this loss, we become fit for stardom.

## The Biggest Loser: God's Irony

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Biggest Loser: God's Irony 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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