Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Christian Pitfalls (Part 19)
Church Idols
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.
John 13:16 (NKJV)
Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple.
Matthew 12:6 (NKJV)
Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?
Matthew 23:19 (NKJV)
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.
Luke 22:27 (NKJV)
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.

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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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