Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Tough Questions For Christian Performers (Part 19)
Your Peer Review
Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?
Matthew 9:11 (NKJV)
They say, 'Look, a glutton and a winebibber.'
Matthew 11:19 (NKJV)
Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?
John 8:48 (NKJV)
Jesus was doubted by His brothers, condemned by His people, abandoned by His disciples, and executed by the Romans. While on earth, He failed some big peer reviews--on purpose.

Actors, models, and talent for Christ will face peer reviews, too. They will come from your family, your culture, and your friends. They will come from the entertainment industry. If you're following Jesus, you are destined to fail some peer reviews. Like His, such failures should be on purpose.

Jesus warned us: 'A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house' (Mark 6:4). Also, 'If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own' (John 15:18-19).

Tough Question #19: How should you prepare for peer reviews?

First you must know who your peer group is and who it is not. You are from the government of God, and your 'Citizenship is in Heaven' (Philippians 3:20). Your peers are Spirit-filled saints. Your Father is God. Your King is Jesus. Therefore, prepare diligently. The Bible is your Study Guide. Your peers will cheer for you and pray for you. They will rejoice when you rejoice and mourn when you mourn (see Romans 12:15).

Your peers may or may not be family, friends, or entertainment insiders. If they're not mature believers, disregard their reviews. Ignore their judgments. Brush the dust off your feet. Instead, continue to go where God calls and do what God says.

Never try to please worldly peer groups, because 'We ought to obey God rather than men' (Acts 5:29).

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.

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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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