Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
The Bread And The Banquet
Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (NKJV)
The 'seed' is the Word of God. The Word of God is alive, but it doesn't spring up until it is planted and nourished.

God spoke the world into existence. 'Then God said, 'Let there be light' ' (Genesis 1:3), and He nourished it. He spoke His Son into our world: 'And the Word was made flesh' (John 1:14), and Jesus nourished us.

The power of God's Word is almighty. With generosity unimaginable, God gave us His Word to become our Redeemer. He gives us daily words to use for our benefit.

The gifts that God gives His performers (acting, modeling, singing, dance, or comedy) are also seeds. We plant these seeds of talent when we put them in places they can grow: small skits for proud parents, dress up productions, or church choirs---good stages large and small.

The bread is the fulfillment of the seed--its end result: a glowing performance, the big show, the tear sheet, the concert, or the film.

But what is the banquet? The banquet is where we feed others with our gifts. Because audiences are hungry. And what they've been eating has not satisfied them. It's like junk food that tastes good for a minute, but the thrill is short-lived. Fans leave sick, tired, and empty.

God's performers feed hungry viewers with the Bread of life: Jesus. Because the King lives in every faith-filled performer, their fans receive nourishment they have not known; it's called truth. it's called beauty; it's called hope. This is the real banquet.

Because feeding God's people is the purpose of the seed, the bread, and the banquet.

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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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