Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
The Unattractive
When he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Luke 10:31 (KJV)
This scripture falls in the middle of the story of the Good Samaritan, as told by Jesus. In it, a certain man is attacked, robbed, stripped, and beaten. While he lies torn and bloody on the side of the road, two Jews (a priest and a Levite) pass him by. Finally, a Samaritan stops and takes extraordinary measures to help the poor stranger.

How many unattractive people do you pass by on the other side? For me, the sad answer is too many, too often. How many stranded motorists have we stopped to help? How many people who are 'half-dead' do we pick up and carry? It's so much easier to look at attractive people in attractive situations--to be with people 'like us.'

Jesus said two commandments sum up all of God's Law: 1. Love God 2. Love your fellow man. I don't think loving our fellow man excludes the homeless, the fallen, the poor, the prodigal, the stranger, or the unattractive. They need our love most of all. They are the ones Jesus came to save.

In truth, 'all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags' (Isaiah 64:6) until the love of God covers us. We are no different than they; they live without the disguises of civilization.

Within the Talent Industry, we see an overwhelming dominance of attractive people. If God gave you beauty that the world applauds, remember that your gift is from Him. You are to attract others to the Lord inside of you. It's a holy bait and switch.

If your beauty doesn't match the world's standards, remember that you are lovely in His eyes: the only Eyes that matter. When you realize that you are uniquely attractive, the world will start to see you that way, too. Even within entertainment.

They only truly unattractive people are those who do not walk in love.

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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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