Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, March 21st, 2021
Wholehearted Passion
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot. Since you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of My Mouth.
Revelation 3:15-16 (ISV)
I have this complaint against you. You dont love Me or each other as you did at first!
Revelation 2:3 (NLT)
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
Mark 12:30 (NKJV)
The Lord loves whole-hearted exuberance. Two of Christ's Letters in Revelation address the urgent concern of passion.

Are we on fire with the Holy Spirit? Are we in hot pursuit of our calling?

Has our 'Zeal has stirred up the majority?' (2 Corinthians 9:2)

Or... Are we passive saints in passive lives?

Do we absent-mindedly hear God's Word in a weekly sermon we soon forget?

Do we have one foot headed to Heaven and the other foot stuck in worldliness?

Do we quote Scripture without feeling It? Do we neglect the gifts God gave to us?

His prescription? 'Be zealous and repent' (Revelation 3:19). God forbid we ever become lukewarm.

Better to be cold. Perhaps as an atheist, agnostic, or a bold-faced, flagrantly wrong actor. Like the Christian persecutor, Saul/Paul. Or the caught-in-the-act adulteress. Or the conniving tax man, Zaccheus.

Better not to have encountered the King... than to see His glory and turn away.

Better to make no commitment at all than a halfhearted promise and break it.*

Here's the thing: The Lord blesses modern Peter's and Paul's: those who speak up and step out of the boat. Even if they make some major mistakes, their passion marks them for God's promotion.

They become fishers and leaders of men: YOUR destiny as God's top performers.

## Wholehearted Passion

* I waited 51 years to commit to Christ. Resultingly, I suffered (unnecessarily) in too many ways to list. Here's one plus: When I finally surrendered my life to His leadership, I became extraordinarily grateful. At that point, I'd already realized the futility of worldly perks. No temptation could (or can) dampen my passion.

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Wholehearted Passion 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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