Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
The Danger Of Being Unknown
I never knew you.
Matthew 7:23 (KJV)
Performers seek a spotlight. They are called to fame.

God's performers feel that same call, but many deny it. Because Jesus was humble, they seek to be humble--which is good. But Jesus was also famous, as was every Bible hero--each to the degree God deemed necessary to get the job done.

God calls His performers to be famous for Him. If they don't rise to that occasion, if they play it 'safe,' they may sink to mediocrity. If they don't listen to God, they may listen to fear, dream haters, false humility, or 'common sense.'

Here's the thing: God's people are not called to be common. By blending into the world, they risk remaining unknown. Being 'unknown' puts them in the danger zone.

Here's the next thing: naughty stars love being known, and they are followed by millions. Their faces, figures, and exploits are splashed on more screens and magazines than any president or preacher. They lead countless numbers of impressionable children away from God.

They are not common. They are uncommonly corrupting, while many Christian performers with the potential to capture the spotlight do nothing.

Christians are called to stand up and stand out. Hanging low puts us in opposition to the One who hung high. We cannot be recognized as His followers if we do not follow His orders and His example. We become imposters.

Satan knows impostors as well as God, 'And the evil spirit answered and said, 'Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?' ' (Acts 19:15). If God's performers turn down His openings for fame, they give up the entertainment industry to the enemy. They already did, but God is calling for an uprising.

What are the risks performing for God? In the ultimate sense, none. You become His star. In the worldly sense, plenty. You will be tested and tempted.

The greater risk is this one: 'Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven... I never knew you; depart from Me' (See Matthew 7:21-29). That is the danger of being unknown.

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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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