Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
The Fast Track
He who testifies to these things says, 'Surely I am coming quickly.' Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Revelation 22:20-21 (NAS)
These are the final words in the Bible.

In the last chapter of Revelation, Jesus says, 'I am coming quickly' six times. Shall we not heed His urgency with speed of our own?

When the Lord calls, we must jump. Ancient Abraham hustled for God and two angels before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah: 'When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them' (Genesis 18:2). Everyone in his house 'hurried' and 'hastened' to serve the Lord. When Mary, Lazarus' sister, heard Jesus wanted to see her, 'she arose quickly and came to Him' (John 11:29).

If Jesus is on the fast track coming back to this earth, then we must be in shape to join Him.

'And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed' (Romans 13:11).

What should actors and artists do to land on the fast track to success? Hurry up, and:

1. Practice. Perfect your skills, image, and tools so you can fight with the giants. Many Goliath's rule the entertainment world. Many David's are needed to defeat them. Young David in the Bible had already killed a bear and a lion with his slingshot before he met the big guy. When opportunity knocked, he was ready.

2. Say 'yes' to every good opportunity. David did. Stay in the game. Never let fear hold you back. You are a grand slam home run in the making.

3. Wait on God. If He's patient with all of our blunders, we must be patient to inherit His success. Have you heard the entertainment industry described as a 'hurry up and wait' business? Exactly! Those who 'wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land' (Psalm 37:9).

The end of God's fast track is pure gold.

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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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