Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
The Right Audience
And the common people heard Him gladly.
Mark 12:37 (NKJV)
As performers for God, we must embrace the right audience, the same audience that Jesus embraced: the common people. Worldly stars seek this audience, too, but for entirely different reasons.

Materialistic stars seek the attention of 'common people' to fuel their fame, to attend their films, to buy their CD's, to follow them. They are called fans.

God's stars seek the attention of common people to fuel His flame, the very Holy Spirit of God, Which waits to fill the hearts of the needy.

On the ladder leading to entertainment industry success stand giants. They are agents, casting directors, and Hollywood big shots who can lend a helping hand or aim a slap to the face. In Jesus' time, they were called scribes, Pharisees, Chief Priests, and Romans.

After affirming the right audience, Jesus warns us in the next verse (v.38) to 'Beware of the scribes.'

God knows giants stand in the path of His stars. Believe that He will move them. God will move their hearts to uplift His performers for reasons the giants do not fully understand, or He will move them out of the way. Or, the Lord will present to you a different ladder.

Therefore, do not be deceived into believing the giants or following them. They are not the right audience, except when God chooses to transform them, as He did Nicodemus.

Jesus said, 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed' (Luke 4:18).

The poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, the blind, and the oppressed: this is the right audience.

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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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