All Things New 2020: Warning... Unchecked Growth*
And they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves...'
When did so many preachers become businessmen, celebrities and best-selling authors? Pushing growth, promotions and products?
'The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down' (A.B. Simpson).
'If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference' (A.W. Tozer).
'We may easily be too big for God to use, but never too small' (D.L. Moody).
From my reading of the Bible, God is careful about growth. He trims the fat and prunes the branches: 'Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit' (John 15:2).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: beware the unchecked growth of celebrity. Jesus didn't seek it, look it, talk it or accept it... until the week of His crucifixion. By Divine plan, celebrity overtook Him.
But the growth of His Personal ministry was purposely slow. He tested His disciples, reduced their number, walked on foot, traveled back roads-- and refused a coronation.
He never chased a quantity of people, but only a quality of hearts: one by one. In truth, His total disregard of people pleasing made Him a polarizing Figure in Israel.
'Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division' (Luke 12:51). Because 'Friendship with the world is enmity with God' (James 4:4).
Therein, regarding your own journey through media, do not chase a quantity of fans, but only a quality of roles-- never forgetting your primary roles,
As disciples and ambassadors or Christ.
## All Things New 2020: Warning... Unchecked Growth* (Part 21, Conclusion)
* Previous Devotion, 'Shallow Conversions':
* Previous AMTC Devotion Series, 'Which Church Are You?':
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series, 'All Things New.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. 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 All Things New 2020 series.