Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, February 5th, 2011
World Champions
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Matthew 16:26 (KJV)
Imagine being an Olympic Champion, American Idol, a movie star, Heavyweight Champion of the World, the Superbowl Winner, a supermodel, Miss Universe, Mr. President, the queen, a millionaire, valedictorian, totally famous... or having a big house, fast car, and lots of bookings. What are the most valuable titles, positions, and possessions worth?

Is it hard to believe that they are not only worthless, but more like million pound anchors attached to your foot in the middle of a bottomless ocean without God? Did you ever think fame could be like that? The world thinks the opposite.

As Christians, we are sent to live in the world, but we are not of the world. When we cherish what the world cherishes, we are no longer following God. Does that mean we should give up our dreams? No! God put dreams in our hearts for a purpose. God gave us special gifts to use. He wants us to multiply the talents He gave us.

Yet, we must give credit where credit is due: to God! For those of us God deems strong enough to carry such worldly weight, we must grow Holy Spirit muscles bigger than Arnold's biceps at their best. We must be exceptionally ready to lead others to Christ, especially if we are placed in exceptionally tempting positions of power.

You, too, are marked as a champion.

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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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