Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Bad Ideas (Part 36)
I'm #1. No, Me. No, Me! *
They came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house, He began to question them, 'What were you discussing on the way?' But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest. Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, 'If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.'
Mark 9:33-35 (NASB)
An argument started among them as to which of them might be the greatest.
Luke 9:46 (NASB)
The desire for stardom is as old as Lucifer himself, and angelic sin. By our Lord's Own description, Satan once shined brightly among the heavenly hosts.
God said: 'You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty... You were the anointed cherub... Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty' (Ezekiel 28:12,14,17).
Therein, he thought he should be #1. Coming in second to Jesus, Adam or even God Himself wasn't enough. The angel (who would become the devil) had a deadly dose of self-seeking pride.
But if pride stems from insecurity, and insecurity from faithlessness, like what God gave us isn't good enough, like where God placed us isn't high enough, like our own ideas might be better, like we should rightfully be #1...
Or... we enter the game of pleasing men, of intensely desiring their respect, of winning crowns, trophies and promotions, of achieving titles and positions (and believing they give us our value), then we would be like the first disciples, before Jesus corrected their wrong minds.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I can't even count the award shows in the entertainment industry. They keep growing like stars in the night. The more we watch them, the more we find. Perhaps because most entertainers suffer hidden insecurity without knowing their value to God.
So don't succumb to the faithlessness of this media generation, because pride can never fill that hole. Instead, shine in the lowest of roles. Your radiance won't escape notice. Others will ask the Reason for it. So tell them and be very thankful for every part God gives you to play.
And when you shine in the lowest seats, God will invite you to come higher.
To Be Continued
* Excellent article (and/or audio teaching) called, Who's the Greatest?: https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-100-who-s-greatest-luke-2224-30
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.