Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, January 31st, 2011
The Up Side Of Jealousy
I magnify my ministry, if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.
Romans 11:13-14 (NAS)
Jealousy has an upside. After all, our God 'is a consuming fire, a jealous God' (Deuteronomy 4:24), and Paul tells the new churches, 'I am jealous for you with a Godly jealousy' (2 Corinthians 11:2). God knows when we leave Him for another, we are doomed.

God desires our life and prosperity with unimaginable fervor, so much so that 'the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him' (2 Chronicles 16:9).

I believe actors, models and talent for Christ must provoke jealousy. How and why?

How? Through your appearance, talent, success, joy, and passion.

Isn't purposely inspiring jealousy narcissistic? No, if upon a closer look at you (and you will inspire closer looks), fellow performers, friends and fans see true beauty.

Why? True beauty comes from God. The real purpose of God's performers is to draw attention to Him in you--to make others want what you've got.

The world's stars are well aware of jealousy, and they willingly provoke it for all the wrong reasons; Adding insult to their bad example, they have no intention of giving others what they've got.

But that's exactly what you want to do. You want to tell them all about being a star, how you got there, how they can get there, too. Even more, you'll give them all the help you can.

That's the upside of jealousy. It's all about God.

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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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