Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, October 26th, 2012
Tough Questions For Christian Performers (Part 20, Conclusion)
The Finale
I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
John 17:4 (NKJV)
It is finished!
John 19:30 (NKJV)
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands.
Revelation 7:9 (NKJV)
God's performers are rising stars on the dark stages of media. You are His communication task force: His messengers. Each of you has been cast in a vital supporting role. But can you stay in the play all the way? Can you maintain your character through occasional boos, flying tomatoes, and time off stage?

Tough Question #20: Will you finish the job God called you to do and reach the finale?

'A great cloud of witnesses' (Hebrews 12:1) is watching your performance, and heartfelt applause is constant in Heaven. But it won't be here. The Ultimate Director smiles at your work, but earth's temporary director calls you a jerk. Satan cannot overrule your casting, but he can tempt you to quit. And God allows it. Why?

To test you. To perfect you. Only in the lion's den, only in the refiner's fire, only in the wilderness, and only through resistance can you be strengthened and polished. Stars aren't just talented performers, they're endurance athletes.

'Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him' (James 1:12).

But the prize is so worth it. Therefore, 'Press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 3:14). Stay in your role to the finale. Beyond it? Streets of gold.

As for your crown?

'Give glory and honor and thanks to Him Who sits on the throne, Who lives forever and ever... Fall down before Him Who sits on the throne and worship Him Who lives forever and ever, and cast {your} crowns before the throne, saying: 'You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created' ' (Revelation 4:9-11).

Even entertainment.

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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