Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
World Champions
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Matthew 18:26 (KJV)
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.
Mark 10:25 (NIV)
Imagine yourself sitting down to eat in a cool place and being recognized...

As an Olympic or Superbowl Champ, a recent Oscar or Grammy Winner, a supermodel or Miss Universe, a governor, senator or president, a powerful, Hollywood director...

Or a crazy-famous celebrity with big houses, cool cars, and tons of fans. What are the world's most valuable titles, positions and possessions really worth?

Consider a hard-to-grasp conclusion that flies in the face of everything seen:

Earth's greatest perks are not only worthless, but they're more like gazillion-pound anchors chained to our feet in a bottomless sea... without the Breath of Life inside of us.

As Christians, we're sent to live in the world as ambassadors for Christ with Good News. But we can't forget our actual home (or godly values) amidst worldliness. When we cherish what the world cherishes, we're distancing ourselves from our real King.

Does that mean we should abandon our dreams and live a low-profile, secluded life? No! God put dreams in our hearts for a purpose. He gave us specific gifts for the job. He told us to multiply our talents. At the same time...

We must give credit where credit is due.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: To carry worldly weights like fame or wealth, you need to grow spiritual muscle bigger than the biceps of Dwayne Johnson.

You'll need vigorous biblical workouts along with knee-to-the-floor prayer time.

You'll need deeper-than-usual wisdom, knowledge, discernment and community.

You'll need temptation-resisting power given exclusively by God's Spirit.

We must be exceptionally ready to represent the only true Rock Star.

Because you are marked as a champion.

## World Champions

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 World Champions 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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