Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Countermeasures--Finesse
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law, that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without Law, as without Law (not being without Law toward God, but under Law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without Law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
1 Corinthians 9:19-22 (NKJV)
Finesse is skill in handling a difficult situation. It's a tactful diplomacy uniting people at odds. It's clearing a highway and building a bridge between strangers. It's learning to communicate in someone else's language.

Finesse is delicate, discerning and situational.

Jesus showed it with the Samaritan woman at the well. Although the Saint and sinner seemed to have little in common, they shared their thirst and lively intellects centered on the truth. Our King's finesse opened the door for a whole town's salvation.

Paul showed it with amazingly diverse cultures in travel. He looked for common ground to start some thoughtful conversations. His thoughtful conversations led to countless life conversions. Arguably, Paul could be called mankind's top evangelist.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Before people want to meet your King, they must see evidence of His love. Few people like telemarketers. Few strangers like Jesus-marketers.

Why would they want to buy what we "sell" before they see its proven value? I'm not calling Jesus a product, but lots of strangers see Him that way... because of prosperity preachers showing and receiving big money.

So use media as your segue* and talent as your shared interest. When people ask where you started, say: Actors, Models and Talent for Christ. Just the Name makes people pause to think.

After that, they'll either ask you more, or they'll wait and watch your behavior. Either way, the segue has begun.

## The Enemy's Game--Countermeasures: Finesse (Part 55)

* Segue, pronounced 'seg-way,' is a transition between two points. This word (and this process) is commonly used in music. But now, it's bigger. It's thought to be a cool term and necessary skill for newscasters, politicians, entertainers and spokespersons. Consider segue as an artful transition between one topic to the next. Jesus was The Master at finessed-filled segues and Paul was His masterful student. Learn both the word and the process to further your success as an ambassador for Christ and as an industry professional.

NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' 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 The Enemy's Game 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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