Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, October 17th, 2011
The Measure Of Success
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who set its measurements?
Job 38:4-5 (NAS)
How do today's performers measure their success? Is it by the number of bookings? The size of their roles? The play of their records? The beauty of their photos? The accumulation of wealth? Could their success be determined by fans, editors, directors, publicists, nominations, awards, reviews, or fame?

How should God's performers measure their success?

By worldly standards, Jesus Christ became a poor, beaten, deserted, and ridiculed failure. He was nailed to a cross in man's judgment of His performance. By God's standards, His performers are utterly wrong if they count their successes by the red carpets of Hollywood.

'We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise' (2 Corinthians 10:12). Jesus says, 'Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you' (Mark 4:24).

Instead of imitating Hollywood's idols, we are to 'Be imitators of God' (Ephesians 5:1). Therefore as performers, we must do what Jesus did. He was famous. We may become famous, too. How did Jesus handle it?

* He cared only to please God, not His disciples (fans), not the scribes, Pharisees, or rulers (agents, clients, directors).

* He took the roles that God assigned to Him. Nothing more. Nothing less.

* When adoring fans wanted to make Him an earthly king, He withdrew. His throne was not on this earth. Neither is yours.

* He deferred all power, talent, fame, and glory to God, His Father.

* He associated with the humble, because He was humble, and they were His target audience.

* He left wardrobe decisions and money management to God.

* He helped everyone He could.

* He never rejected a fan. He never lost a follower.

* He stopped and prayed whenever He had questions or concerns.

* Through love, service, and obedience to God, He rose to worldly and heavenly heights no man can ever equal.

* Even so, He invites us to follow Him. He gladly shares His success.

The only accurate measure of our success on this earth is Jesus Himself, 'The author and finisher of our faith' (Hebrews 12:2), a 'Rod from the stem of Jesse' (Isaiah 11:1). By Him we are measured. Against Him we are judged.

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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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