Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, June 8th, 2012
The Red
He asked them, 'What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?' But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest.
Mark 9:33-34 (NKJV)
Who can count the award shows in entertainment? More and more red carpets tempt stars to flaunt it all--making eager fans want it all. Charming presenters continue to ask and answer the same question: 'Who's the greatest?' Each carpet leads to a new crown and a different winner.

We are intrigued by the glamour, smiles, and confidence of those chosen to walk on red. We're consumed with their lives. We hang on their words.

But what about the One chosen to walk on water? Shouldn't we be intrigued by Him? Consumed with His life? Hanging on His words? After all, didn't He hang on a cross for us? And before that, didn't He say in more than one way, 'If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all' (Mark 9:35)...?

The Bible shows us that Jesus' twelve disciples felt the temptation of celebrity. No rising star is immune, and Satan's con games are not new. Since God's brightest angel fell from his own desire for greatness, he knows it is a compelling desire. And he plays it for all it's worth on the red carpets of entertainment.

Actors, models, and talent for Christ must be humbled by the red. Flaunting it would be unthinkable. Because the only red that matters is the Blood of Christ:

'The faithful witness, the Firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him Who loved us and washed us from our sins in His Own Blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever' (Revelation 1:5-6).

Performers for God: Jesus owns the red. But see how He trusts you to be kings and princes in the land of entertainment. If the world asks you to walk that carpet, walk it lightly. If the world places you in front of a microphone and puts a trophy in your hand, give Him the glory for the red.

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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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