Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.
Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple.
Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?
For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One Who serves.
Today, pastors are rockstars and churches are stadiums. Yesterday, Jesus became a Rockstar, and His church had no walls.
Today, Christians write books and tour the world in first class seats. They make a lot of money and talk about a lot of things. Yesterday, God wrote one Book and toured a few towns on Foot. He gave away everything and focused on one thing: salvation.
Today, Christians go to conferences filled with believers. They hang together and lift each other up. Yesterday, Jesus came to a world filled with nonbelievers. He hung alone to lift everyone up.
Today, leading Christians in great nations are celebrities--standing on pinnacles of power. Yesterday, leading Christians in great nations were persecuted--chained in dungeons and prisons. But wait a minute, that's not just yesterday. It's today, too. (Can we forget about them?)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: because of Satan's grand illusions now broadcast through media, it's natural to want them. But let's get clear: they're just illusions. When the plug is pulled, when the package is unwrapped, a pitfall is revealed: it's called celebrity, and its stars are idols.
Don't become one. You've been cast to be leaders in the 21st century church of God. A true star for God will be known by submission, rather then pretension; by humility, rather than pomposity; by his poor friends, rather than his rich cousins.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Pitfalls series.